PHOENIX — It took 22-and-a-half years, but Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris finally got a taste of what it’s like to play against each other in a competitive game.
With 3:21 left in the first quarter of Sunday’s game between the Suns and Rockets, Markieff Morris checked in for Channing Frye. Less than three minutes later Marcus Morris headed to the scorer’s table, and for the first time in their lives the twin brothers out of Kansas were on the floor at the same time wearing different colored jerseys.
Marcus Morris was in the D-League for the team’s first two matchups, prolonging the inevitable face-off. But the time finally came on Sunday, and although it was brief, the Morris twins will never forget it.
“It’s funny. It was different playing against him but I was happy to get that chance finally and see what it’s like to play against him,” Markieff Morris said after the game. “I was excited to be out there with him. We had a lot of fun.”
With Marcus Morris playing small forward and Markieff playing power forward the two didn’t guard each other. But Markieff said the matchup wasn’t the only reason the two didn’t go head-to-head.
“We could have if we really wanted to but I’d rather go against a different player than him,” Markieff said with a smile.
Markieff said the two, who still talk “every single day,” exchanged some words during the game, but he would rather let the specifics remain undocumented.
“Some stuff I don’t want to tell y’all we said but we won and that’s all that matters,” Markieff said.
Markieff got the best of Marcus in the win column and the statistical category. The Suns’ rookie scored four points and grabbed four rebounds in 17 minutes while the Houston newcomer scored two points and collected a steal in 11 minutes.
Markieff said the two didn’t place a wager on the game, but he looked to his right at the Western Conference standings in the Suns’ locker room and said, “It might be on this last playoff spot, that might be the wager.”