Rookie Anthony Morrow scores 37 pointsPosted by Inside Hoops
On Saturday, the Golden State Warriors beat the Clippers in Los Angeles 121-103. Warriors rookie Anthony Morrow started at guard alongside Kelenna Azubuike and went bonkers, scoring 37 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Here’s the Contra Costa Times (Marcus Thompson II):
One day later, the buzz was still flying around Warriors rookie guard Anthony Morrow. A television interview on the Sunday evening local news. Sports magazines working on feature stories about him. Fans still talking about his first NBA career start: a 37-point, 11-rebound performance in Saturday’s win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Still, despite the Warriors having the day off, he found himself in the gym Sunday, getting up shots and working on his game. “Nothing like this will change me,” Morrow said in the midst of the postgame hysteria he caused Saturday. “The grind never stops.” His record performance — most points by an undrafted player in his rookie season and most points by a rookie this season — may have changed the Warriors for the better. It certainly gave the team a much-needed shot of energy and hope, which came in a timely fashion after Thursday’s heartbreaking loss to Detroit. It gave the Warriors another commodity to add to their portfolio of young talent to build on or barter.
The San Francisco Chronicle (Janny Hu) reports:
“It was a fun game, man,” said a humble Morrow, who added 11 rebounds in his 42 minutes on the court. “I just wake up every day like, ‘I’m in the NBA.’ I thank God for it. “I played against Allen Iverson last game. I played against Baron Davis. I grew up in Charlotte watching him play all the time (when I was) in high school. It was just a great game.” So great that Morrow didn’t just play against his idol in Saturday’s matinee. He torched Davis. And Cuttino Mobley. And just about everyone else the Clippers put on him once they finally decided to guard him. Warriors coach Don Nelson gave Morrow the surprise start so he could match up Stephen Jackson against Davis at point guard, and it wasn’t long before the move paid off.
In the game, Morrow shot 15-of-20, including 4-of-5 three-pointers, plus 3-of-3 free throws, finishing with 37 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 turnovers and 2 fouls in just under 42 minutes.