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Thursday, July 16, 2009
Anthony Bests Anthony


Posted by Kevin Arnovitz

So much for Anthony Randolph's record of 42 Summer League points. With the Warriors forward sitting out Golden State's final Summer League game, the other Anthony -- stepped in and topped his teammate's 48-hour old record with 47 points. Anthony Morrow shot 18-for-26 from the field, including 7-for-9 from beyond the arc. 

Anthony Morrow Anthony Morrow goes for 47: Maybe it's the mohawk
(Garrett Ellwood/NBA via Getty Images)

Morrow put on a shooting clinic in Cox Pavilion, draining his first seven shots in the first quarter. The Hornets' Marcus Thornton was assigned to Morrow and, believe it or not, did a decent job as a lock-and-trail man, chasing his man around screens, and contested almost every shot.

Didn't matter. Morrow's quick release and unconsciousness rendered poor Thornton irrelevant.

I then did the unthinkable as the first quarter expired: I stepped across the way to watch the Spurs and Thunder. 

Holly MacKenzie of SLAM and The Score hung around and offered a report. With 4:31 left in the fourth quarter of a blowout, Morrow tied the record with a 3-pointer. From that point on, his teammates looked for him on every possession. With the crowd swelling with anticipation, Morrow got oooh and ahhs every time he touched the ball. He drained a jumper with 2:16 left, breaking the record to a huge cheer. Morrow then brought the house down at the 1:16 mark with his seventh 3-pointer of the game.

When Morrow checked out of the game with 37 seconds remaining, he got a standing ovation from the Cox Pavilion crowd.

After the game, Holly took in the scene:

At the conclusion of the Warriors/Hornets game, a crowd of kids gathers to try and get an autograph from Morrow. Morrow finishes with media and throws his jersey into the throng of kids, only to have them lunge at it and break the security barricade fighting for it. A younger fan desperately clutches the jersey while another fan struggles to rip it away from him.

While this scene is unfolding, I am interviewing Steph Curry and the two of us stop to watch what's going on. We are both a little unsure of what to do to comfort the boy who is about to cry. Curry then stops the interview, goes over and gives the boy who lost out on the jersey his game-worn shoe.