Gators in the NBA: Corey Brewer’s revenge game

Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer (3) drives around Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) in the first half of an NBA game, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)

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.

Boston Celtics
Al Horford (C)
Dallas Mavericks
Dorian Finney-Smith (F)
Los Angeles Lakers
Corey Brewer (F)
Memphis Grizzlies
Chandler Parsons (F)
Miami Heat
Udonis Haslem (F)
New York Knicks
Joakim Noah (C)
Orlando Magic
Marreese Speights (F)
Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal (G)
Devin Robinson (F) – G-League affiliate Delaware 87ers