A ferocious crossover dribble sequence from Nuggets guard Ty Lawson sent Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer falling to the ground during Denver's 132-128 home loss to Minnesota on Monday.
With a little less than two minutes remaining in regulation and Minnesota leading 121-109, Lawson worked against Brewer one-on-one at the top of the arc. Using a left-to-right crossover to set Brewer up, Lawson stuttered before unleashing a right-to-left crossover that sent Brewer stumbling backwards. After a few slippery steps, Brewer eventually fell to the court, landing on his rear end.
The play forced Kevin Love to switch on to Lawson, who found the open man by passing to Kenneth Faried. As Faried approached the basket area for a potential dunk or layup, Brewer succeeded in getting back to his feet and delivering a hard foul.
One recent trend: ankle-breaking crossover dribble victims have attempted to save face by pointing out that their feet were stepped on during the play. Brewer, who was all alone on an island, can make no such claim.
Love led the Timberwolves with a game-high 33 points (on 10-for-21 shooting), 19 rebounds and four assists. Kevin Martin added 22 points (on 3-for-11 shooting), two rebounds and two assists for Minnesota.
Lawson finished with a team-high 31 points (on 11-for-16 shooting), 11 assists and four steals in his first game since he suffered a broken rib on Feb. 8. Wilson Chandler added 25 points (on 11-for-22 shooting) and 10 rebounds in a losing effort.
Minnesota improved to 30-29 with the win. Denver dropped to 25-34 with the loss.
Video via YouTube user frank den