Corey Brewer can now be mentioned in the same sentence as Michael Jordan.
The Minnesota forward scored a career-high 51 points Friday, and his Timberwolves needed every one of them in their 112-110 win over Houston.
His point total tied the franchise best set by Kevin Love, and also matched Vernon Maxwell’s 1991 mark for the most points scored by a former Gator in an NBA game.
But Brewer’s six steals against the Rockets put him in an even more elite category.
According to ESPN, Brewer joins Jordan, Allen Iverson and Rick Barry as the only players in NBA history with 50 points and six steals in a game.
Brewer scored his 51 on 19 of 30 shooting, and 16 of his made field goals were within three feet of the basket. His best shot was a heave from beyond half-court to beat the buzzer going into half.
Brewer’s previous career high was 29 points, and he entered Friday’s game averaging 11.7 points per game this season and 9.9 points per game for his career.
Former Florida forward Chandler Parsons had 27 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for Houston in the loss.