Morris had 21 points (9-13 FG, 1-3 3PT, 2-2 FT), five assists, three rebounds and two steals in Monday's loss to Houston.
Morris' production has taken a step back of late with Gary Harris back in the mix, but he broke through with just his third 20-point performance of the season. The Iowa State product added played 24 minutes after seeing 15 and 11 minutes, respectively, in Denver's last two games.
Morris had three points (1-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and one rebound in 11 minutes during Thursday's 117-113 win over the Kings.
Morris has seen his production slow to a crawl, scoring in single digits in four straight games while failing to record an assist in this one for the first time since the second contest of the campaign. The return of Gary Harris (hip) appears to be resulting in a reduced role for Morris, who hadn't seen less than 20 minutes since Nov. 3.
Morris checked in with the second-highest scoring total on the second unit and third overall on the team for the night. The third-year guard has become legitimate, consistent offensive force, boosting his standing across all formats in a bench role that's afforded him 26.9 minutes per game in December. Morris has parlayed that allotment of playing time into averages of 13.5 points, 4.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals across 10 contests during the month, and he's impressively shooting 50.0 percent over that span, including from three-point range.
Morris co-led the Nuggets' second unit scoring while providing further tangible evidence of his rapidly accelerating development. The performance served as Morris' seventh straight double-digit point tally, one in which he extended a torrid stretch from three-point range. Morris has now drained multiple buckets from distance in six straight, and he boasts a 50 percent success rate from behind the arc in eight December contests. With his stellar play off the bench seemingly having locked his minutes into the mid 20s at minimum on the majority of nights, Morris qualifies as one of the most prudent waiver wire grabs in leagues where he's still available.
It was another hefty minutes load for Morris, who continues to serve as a key part of the Nuggets' backcourt rotation. The 23-year-old has rattled off six straight double-digit scoring efforts, and he's taken double-digit shot attempts in five straight contests overall, an encouraging level of usage. Morris continues to be especially proficient from distance, as he's drained 50 percent of his 24 three-point attempts during that span. Given his current role and what he's managed to parlay it into in terms of production, Morris' fantasy stock is robust and rising across all formats.
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