In helping the Lakers defeat the Golden State Warriors (101-77) on Friday, second-year point guard Darius Morris arguably had the best game of his young career.
With Steve Nash out with a non-displaced leg fracture and Steve Blake in foul trouble, interim-Head Coach Bernie Bickerstaff needed Morris to play nearly 26 minutes.
Morris delivered with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds.
Bickerstaff stuck with the point-guard rotation of the team's former coach, Mike Brown, playing Morris ahead of veteran Chris Duhon.
The team re-signed Morris over the summer (on a one-year contract worth $962,195). After the season, Morris will once again be a restricted free agent this summer once the Lakers make a qualifying offer.
Morris has good size for his position (6'4") and natural (but raw) point guard skills. The team is hoping the 21-year old guard out of Michigan can develop into a reliable, consistent rotation player. Defensively he's still learning how to use his size and young legs, but has developed since his rookie campaign.