HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Two of the Rockets who helped steal the show on Saturday night were two former Mavericks, Jason Terry and Corey Brewer.
Both were members of the Mavs’ championship team in 2011. The pair combined for 31 points, including seven three-pointers. Terry had 16 points with four treys. Brewer had 15 points with three shots made from long distance. Terry helped establish a strong tone with seven points in the first quarter. Brewer finished strong with 13 of his 15 points in the fourth.
“They were leaving me open,” Brewer said. “You get left open, you have to make shots. Luckily, they were going in and I helped my team.”
After the 2011 championship season, Brewer was traded to the Nuggets the following December with Rudy Fernandez for a 2016 second-round pick, a deal Brewer jokingly remembers heading into this series.
“It feels good, especially playing against a former team. They traded me away for a bag of chips, so it’s always good to play against them,” he said with a laugh.
Terry, on the other hand, stayed true to what he’s been saying all along – that it doesn’t matter that he performed well against the Mavericks, a team he spent eight seasons with.
“Regardless of who the opponent is, it’s the same old hat for me,” Terry said. “(These playoffs are) my time of year. You play 82 games to get to this point and it doesn’t matter who the opponent is. It just so happens to be the Mavericks. I know that team very well. They know us just as well. It’s a rivalry, but at the same time, we’ve got a job to do and we understand that. Tonight was the first part of it. Now, we must continue to do the same thing we did and correct some things in Game Two.”