Three days after Russell Westbrook notched his 100th career triple-double, Thunder forward Corey Brewer scored a season-high 22 points and tied a career high in steals with six as OKC beat the Clippers 121-113 on Friday.
The 11-year vet attributed some of his early success with the team to his familiarity with the head coach.
“I keep telling everybody, coach Donovan makes me feel really comfortable. I won two national championships with the guy. It’s just his demeanor and the faith he has in me that makes the game easier,” Brewer said.
The former Laker, Rocket, Timberwolf, Nugget and Maverick was bought out by the Lakers in late February, allowing the Thunder to sign him as a free agent on March 3. As a starter, Brewer has averaged 14 points per game and has failed to score in double figures just once, but made up for it with four assists, three steals and two blocks in a win at Atlanta. The Thunder’s latest win came over the Raptors on Sunday which snapped an 11-game win streak for Toronto and was just their sixth loss at the Air Canada Centre this year.
The new-look Thunder will take on the Celtics tonight in Boston at 8 p.m. on TNT.
🚨Stealing the show @TheCoreyBrewer 6 swipes last night.
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— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) March 17, 2018
Around the NBA, Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith returned to action on March 10 and has averaged five points, five rebounds and one assist through three games in a reserve role. The team has held Finney-Smith out in second games of back-to-backs as a precaution after he missed 51 games this season with right knee tendonitis.
Wizards guard Bradley Beal has led Washington to two straight wins over Eastern Conference playoff teams. Beal scored 34 points, dished nine assists, grabbed seven boards and hit a clutch three-pointer in a double-overtime road-win over Boston Wednesday and followed it up with 19 points, six assists and two steals in a home-win over the Pacers Saturday. The Wizards have a .500 record this month and are just one game off the pace for the three seed in the east.
Celtics center Al Horford came down with an illness and fever this week and had to miss two games as Boston continues to deal with players’ health. Horford had 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his return at Orlando but followed it up with a bad performance against the Pelicans with just six points on 27 percent shooting. Horford also struggled to slow down New Orleans big man and fellow all-star Anthony Davis who had 34 points and 11 rebounds in a game the Pelicans won easily.
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) – Westchester Knicks