Marcus Morris recorded another 30-plus-point scoring outing for the Knicks last night in San Francisco, as the Knicks took down the Warriors.
The New York Knicks (5-20) snapped their 10-game losing streak on Wednesday night in the Bay Area on the second night of a back-to-back, defeating the Golden State Warriors (5-21) in overtime at the newly minted Chase Center.
Veteran forward Marcus Morris, the center of much trade speculation, and rookie shooting guard R.J. Barrett combined to score 58 points in the close win.
Wednesday’s “W” was the first victory for interim head coach Mike Miller, who replaced David Fizdale after Knicks brass dismissed the second-year head coach. Miller had previously led the Westchester Knicks, earning the G League’s 2018 Coach of the Year honors.
Morris signed with the Knicks this past offseason to the tune of a one-year, $15 million deal after spurning the San Antonio Spurs, who were vocally frustrated after the former Boston Celtics forward reneged on a verbally agreed two-year deal, which the Spurs had to trade young forward Davis Bertans to facilitate the forthcoming signing.
Morris shooting nearly 48.9% from three-point range during the 2019–20 season, a scorching mark making the Kansas product a dangerous threat from behind the arc despite the shortcomings of the rest of New York’s offense.
Meanwhile, Barrett was able to shake off a string of poor performances, including a near-dud against the Portland Trail Blazers to open the west coast road trip, for a 22-point, 10-rebound double-double in the Bay Area on Wednesday, including three assists. Barrett mostly tailed off in the second half, but the first-year swingman out of Duke looked much more comfortable against the lowly Warriors, an obvious tanker team this year.
The Knicks play again on Friday in Sacramento.