DALLAS _ That happy homecoming Denver Nuggets forward Corey Brewer envisioned Wednesday night at American Airlines Center never materialized.
Try as he might, Brewer didn't have enough energy to prevent the Dallas Mavericks from hammering the Nuggets, 102-84.
"It was a tough night for us,'' Brewer siad. "They played great defense tonight and we couldn't penetrate them.''
Brewer finished with nine points, seven rebounds, five steals and four assists, and was 3-of-15 from the field. However, he didn't go home empty-handed.
Before the game, Mavs owner Mark Cuban presented Brewer with his diamond-studded ring for helping the Mavs win last year's NBA championship. A brief video of Brewer highlights with the Mavs were shown on the Jumbotron, coach Rick Carlisle talked about his contributions and then Cuban handed him his ring and gave him a hug.
"I was really happy to come back not only to get my ring, but to come back to the city of Dallas,'' Brewer said. "It's a great city.
"When you win championships it's always good to come back.''
-- Dwain Price
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