By Jenny Dial Creech

Corey Brewer didn’t want to leave Dallas in 2011. He and the Mavericks had an NBA title to defend. Plus, he liked his teammates, his coach and the city.

Then, as Brewer so eloquently put it after his big fourth quarter helped lead the Rockets past his former team in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, the Mavericks traded him for “a bag of chips.”

It wasn’t quite that bad, but Dallas did send Brewer and Rudy Fernandez to Denver for a 2016 second-round draft pick. So it is no wonder Brewer always feels like there is a little something to prove when he plays against the Mavericks.

On Saturday night, he got a little payback, scoring 13 of his 15 points in the fourth quarter as the Rockets won 118-108.

“I have something to prove against everybody in my mind,” Brewer said. “We want to beat Dallas. They are right down the street. That’s what it’s all about.”

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