Corey Brewer, it's your birthday...

April, 8, 2011
4/08/11
7:28
PM CT
DALLAS -- No, it's not really. Corey Brewer turned 25 on March 5, but it might as well be his birthday because the 6-foot-9 small forward will get his first start with the Dallas Mavericks -- at shooting guard.

That's right. With Jason Kidd sitting out a second consecutive game to rest his 38-year-old body, Rodrigue Beaubois will again start at the point. DeShawn Stevenson was so ineffective Wednesday's loss to Denver that coach Rick Carlisle is going with Brewer, who had 13 points and three steals against the Nuggets -- at the 2.

In 18 previous games with the Mavs, Brewer was inactive for six consecutive games from March 24 - April 2 and he was a DNP-CD in three games before that.

The rest of the starting lineup: Shawn Marion at small forward, Dirk Nowitzki at power forward and Tyson Chandler returns from two games sidelined with a sore lower back.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
20.9 4.5 1.7 34.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.9
AssistsR. Rondo 9.3
StealsR. Rondo 2.0
BlocksT. Chandler 1.4