MILWAUKEE — Corey Brewer and the Denver Nuggets turned on their high-scoring offense and left the Milwaukee Bucks behind.
Brewer came off the bench and scored a season-high 22 points as the Nuggets started their five-game road trip with 105-95 victory Tuesday night.
The Nuggets came in averaging 104.1 points per game and have scored 100 plus points in eight of the last 14 games. Miami leads the NBA in scoring at 106.2 points a game.
With guard Rudy Fernandez out with a right Achilles tendon strain, coach George Karl turned to Brewer for a spark and wasn’t disappointed.
Brewer, playing a season-high 34:19 minutes, was 8 of 14 from the floor and made 3 of 6 from behind the arc.
“Corey is playing well enough to the point where we are going to have find minutes for him,” Karl said. “I think he brings energy to our team. Usually energy and aggressiveness are positive personalities of a successful team.”
Denver went on a 19-4 run midway through the second quarter and opened up a 19-point lead. Six fast-break points sparked the surge and the Nuggets finished with 17 in the first half.
Brewer hit a 3 and made a fast-break layup to add to the surge.
“Personally when I come into the game, I just try to pick up the pace,” he said. “Try to bring some energy. Try to get everybody going up and down because when we are playing fast, we are at our best.”
The Bucks were neither playing fast nor at their best.
Brandon Jennings did his part in the fourth quarter, but it just wasn’t enough.
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