It's the same old story for Ron Brewer. The San Antonio guard played well in his last game, but will be back on the bench tonight when the Spurs meet the Bullets (8:05, WTOP-1500) at Capital Centre.

When George Gervin was sidelined three games with a bruised thigh four weeks ago, Brewer took over the team's shooting role and responded by making 50 of 75 shots during three sensational games.

The four-year veteran from Arkansas scored a career-high 39 points against Cleveland, followed that with 40 points against New York, then climaxed his spree with 44 points at Los Angeles.

"It was the most unbelievable display of shooting I've ever seen in my life," Coach Stan Albeck of the Spurs said.

Despite his play, Brewer was back on the bench when Gervin recovered, staying there until Sunday night when he was pressed into service because playmaker Johnny Moore had kidney stone problems.

Brewer scored 24 points and held his former teammate at Arkansas, Milwaukee's Sidney Moncrief, to a season low of nine. San Antonio lost, however, 105-89, so he wasn't with the first unit yesterday when the Spurs worked out at Georgetown.

Albeck said Mike Bratz and Gervin will start in the back court tonight in an effort to get the team's running game in gear again.

The Bullets will try to end a slump in which they have lost six of seven games.