With two starters out and no one giving the Lakers much of a chance, forward Corey Brewer shot the lights out for L.A. going 7-of-9 from the field on his way to 21 points, five rebounds and three steals to help his new team beat his old team 122-116 on Wednesday.
The Laker win ended a 14-game winning streak for Houston and the 21 points Brewer put up was the Tennessee native’s highest point total in two seasons. Brewer decided to utilize a hands-on approach against his former team as he fouled out for the first time this season and told a reporter after the game that his success was due to him sleeping at his home in Houston the night before the game.
Around the NBA, a couple of usually consistent former Gators struggled to get anything going for themselves and resulted in losses for their teams.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal shot just 2-for-13 from the field against Brooklyn, managing just four points and five assists in a 35-point loss to the Nets while Celtics forward Al Horford had a stinker of his own, shooting just 2-of-10 and fouling out in a loss to Miami.
The two squared-off on Christmas Day with Beal getting the win as he lead Washington past Horford’s Celts 111-103. Beal played 40 minutes and scored a team-high 25 points and grabbed eight boards and Horford had just 12 points but did manage to notch a team-high six assists in the loss.
Magic forward Marreese Speights got a spot-start on Friday against New Orleans but contributed just seven points and one rebound in a 111-97 loss to the Pelicans in Orlando.
Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons played in two games this week for Memphis and was in the starting lineup in a win over the Clippers playing 25 minutes and tallying three points, five rebounds and three assists.
Knicks Center Joakim Noah played in a couple more games for New York this week but didn’t manage to rack up many minutes or stats.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Al Horford (C)
Dorian Finney-Smith (F)
Los Angeles Lakers
Corey Brewer (F)
Chandler Parsons (F)
Udonis Haslem (F)
New York Knicks
Joakim Noah (C)
Marreese Speights (F)
Bradley Beal (G)
Devin Robinson (F) – G-League affiliate Delaware 87ers