As the fourth quarter opened Monday night, the scoreboard inside the Talking Stick Arena showed fans imitating the famous scene from the movie "Titanic." Trying their best to mimic Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio, they stood with hands spread wide, their chests forward and their backs slightly arched trying to recreate that iconic moment.
On the court,
The wiry veteran scored all 13 of his points in the second half, injecting life into his teammates with his play and helping the Lakers end a three-game losing streak with a 100-93 victory in the finale of a four-game trip.
“Brewer definitely provided that energy we needed tonight,” Lakers coach
Brewer’s points came almost entirely off of his energy, cutting to the basket for a dunk after taking a pass from
And, defensively, Brewer was a menace. He blocked shots, created steals and helped slow down
"Whenever Corey comes on," Ball said, "defense always picks up so he kind of leads that. And tonight he gave us a lot of energy."
Booker was so frustrated by the defense that he charged at the Lakers' sideline in the final minute after missing a shot, reacting to trash talk from the Lakers bench.
The Lakers' strong play in the fourth quarter was even more impressive as they wrapped up a long trip in which they played in three time zones.
With Ball on the bench for the game’s last 15 minutes, Jordan Clarkson carried the load, scoring 25 points. Brook Lopez and
While you might think the ideal situation would've been for Ball to run the offense in the fourth quarter while the Lakers put the game away, Walton said there are other facets to his development than simply being on the court.
“The way the
The rookie point guard said he was fine with Walton's decision.
"We got a win so I got no complaints," Ball said. "My teammates got it done in the fourth and we had to at least get one on this road trip."
For the rookies, their longest trip as professionals — a four-game trek with stops in Boston, Washington and Milwaukee before Monday — left them admittedly worn out. But luckily for them, that's where Brewer came in.
"Anytime I get a chance to play," he said, "I'm going to bring energy. That's what I pride myself on, 11 years in the league, and I always bring energy. I always say when we play back-to-backs, I'm going to get you three or four extra wins a year just by energy.
"That's what it's all about."