Streaking down the left sideline, the fast lane, Corey Brewer saw it happen before it happened. And so, he threw both hands in the air while still running, a good 20 feet from the left corner, where he anticipated being wide open. He was.

But after receiving the pass in transition, he missed the 3-point shot. No problem. Andre Iguodala caught the clank and pitched it back to Brewer, who this time hit a corner 3 while being fouled.

Welcome to the April version of Corey Brewer, who has been firing shots at a rapid pace since Nuggets teammate Danilo Gallinari went down a week ago with a season- ending knee injury.

Asked what makes Brewer so effective, teammate Wilson Chandler said with a smile: "He has no conscience. He has no conscience, he gambles on defense, he takes bad shots, but it works."

In the past three games Brewer has come off the bench to score 23, 22 and 28 points. But he's needed 17, 16 and 25 shots to do so.

"He took about five I wanted to kill him for," Nuggets coach George Karl said after Wednesday's 96-86 victory over San Antonio, during which Brewer was 12-for-25, the latter number a career high for attempts. "Both times he came into the game, within 10 seconds he had a jump shot out of the corner. He airballed the one, I think.

"Corey is just a mad man. I thought he made some (key) shots in the fourth quarter and got to the rim in the fourth quarter. He was very important to us offensively."

With Gallinari out for the season, Chandler has moved into the starting lineup at small forward. Brewer is still coming off the bench, but he's seized the opportunity to chuck up more shots while getting more playing time. Is that a good thing? Well, Denver is 3-0 since Gallo went down.

And someone has to take those shots, right? But Karl knows a streaky shooter can shoot his team out of a game as quickly as he gives it a big lead.

On defense, the 6-foot-9, 188-pound Brewer is known for his energy. Almost every time a teammate is asked about Brewer, "energy" is included in the quote.