LOS ANGELES – There are many NBA scouts playing Knicks & # 39; today. The trading period begins on February 7th.
If Marcus Morris keeps collecting amazing numbers, he will set himself apart from the Knicks.
The Knicks came to wonderful weather and looked strengthened in early Sunday. After a quarter against the Clippers, who played without Kawhi Leonard, they took the lead by 16 points.
But after they gave it all away, Morris wanted them back, and the Knicks almost stole the Staples Center matinee when the Clippers held on to a love affair between 135 and 132 for a lifetime.
Morris ended his career with 38 points – 10 in the fourth quarter – and led the Knicks back in. He finished 13 out of 19 – 6 out of 7 from the 3-point range and built clutch blade after clutch blade down the track.
He has a one-year contract and when the knicks wear off there is motivation to trade him for a selection for the first round. Morris has never looked at it this season in the NBA.
"The NBA is about opportunities," said Morris. “It was a long time before I could show where it was needed. Every team I've been on has played my part. I am happy to present my talent and to be able to take it to another level. ''
Morris steadfastly declared that he wanted to stay and be part of the long-term future. These clippers are said to be interested, and the Post reported that the Sixers were following his situation.
"I'm in New York," said Morris. "It won't change. I love our team and love our future. I want to be part of helping young people grow. That was the reason why I wanted to come here. It is only up to me to be a leader Young people, I'm here to help them on and off the field. "
The Knicks led 45:29 after this first quarter and the 45 points bound the franchise record of 1978 for most points in an opening quarter. The Knicks shot 19 out of 25 in the quarter, but the Clippers flipped the switch in the second half and outperformed the Knicks 47-24 and held out.
Morris & # 39; 3-pointer made it a one-ball game at 131-128 with 38 seconds remaining. However, Morris struck again from midfield and reduced the gap by 10.4 seconds to 3, but the Knicks were unable to get him out.
"We wanted to win, but it was a positive step at the level of competition and competition with such a good team," said Morris, who scored an average of 18.5 points and 46 percent of 3 shoots championship. To have a big head start, it says a lot about us. We bit our asses off. "
Interim coach Mike Miller, who fell to 6-8, was hardly upset about what he saw.
"I love the effort of having to come back to the fight, the scrap," said Miller. "The strength we have shown to stay in the game and put ourselves in the right position to win, I am really proud of this group."
Leonard did not play, he rested on the second leg of a duel, but the robust attacker Montrezl Harrell played. The 25-year-old dominated with 34 points in 36 minutes in 13 of 21 shots.
Paul George added 32 points and Lou Williams came off the bench to blind out the 3-pont area and collect 32 points.
The Knicks (10-26) were boosted by a bounce-back game by RJ Barrett, who scored his best game in a few weeks with 24 points on 7 of 11 shots with his godfather Steve Nash.
"It's a running game – the thing with them is that they have two of the league's top scorers off the bench," said Barrett, referring to Harrell and Williams.
Both teams reached 100 points before the fourth quarter began when the Clippers added a 111-100 dent to the final round. Knicks' defense got tighter in the fourth quarter, remaining 5:10 within 121-115.
Reggie Bullock (25 minutes, 4 out of 5, nine points) drilled a 3 pointer from the corner and got the Knicks to go 4:50 within 121-118 and it was a fight from there.
The Clippers (26-12) had a terrible defeat against Memphis on Saturday, in which they gave 140 points. Before the game, a thoughtful Clippers coach, Doc Rivers, said it was a shame to develop chemistry, but said, "We have a collection of players that could make us a great team."
During the second-quarter flop, Knicks strikers were marked for three technical fouls in the period – Bobby Portis, Morris and Julius Randle. Portis was scheduled for a trash conversation with well-known agitator Patrick Beverley, and Randle claimed he was dead because he was kidding with Clippers' assistant Sam Cassell – a scene the official had misinterpreted.
The Knicks stay in town to take on the superstar tandem of LeBron James and Anthony Davis of Lakers in another Western shootout on Tuesday.
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