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Miles McBride Steps Up, Helps Knicks Take 1-0 Series Lead



Knicks guard Miles McBride

Former Mountaineer Miles McBride stepped up for the Knicks in the opening game of their first round series against the 76ers. McBride scored 21 points off the bench, helping New York secure a 111-104 win.

McBride, who averaged 8.3 points per game during the regular season, did more than just score on Saturday night. He was an efficient 7-for-12 from the field and added four assists and three rebounds in 28 minutes. McBride also led both teams in +/- as a +37, setting the highest single game +/- in Knicks playoff history.

McBride’s efforts earned him the honor of being the player New York decided to spotlight on social media after the game.

The Knicks’ official X (Twitter) account highlighted one of McBride’s big shots while New York fans appreciated having the ex WVU guard on their team.

New York now leads the best of seven series, 1-0, with game two slatted for 7:30 pm ET on Monday. The game will be televised nationally on TNT.

In December, McBride signed a $13 million extension with the Knicks over the next three years. The Knicks traded away many players throughout the season, allowing McBride to pick up more minutes in the rotation.

McBride’s NBA career started to take off during his second year in the NBA with the Knicks. McBride appeared in 64 games during the 2022-23 season. McBride averaged 3.5 points and 1.1 assists last season. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native shot 36 percent from the field. The Knicks picked up McBride’s team option before NBA free agency began this past offseason prior to eventually awarding him with a bigger deal.

Miles McBride played two seasons at West Virginia from 2019-21, leading the Mountaineers to an NCAA Tournament appearance during his sophomore year. McBride averaged 15.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

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