New York Knicks rookie Miles McBride keeps on piling up milestones in his NBA G League assignment.
Barely 24 hours after notching his career-high in scoring, McBride recorded his first double-double in the G League Showcase. The 36th pick of this year’s NBA draft followed up his 31-point, 11-assist effort Thursday night with 23 points and 11 assists.
McBride came through in the clutch as the Westchester Knicks repeated over College Park Skyhawks, 121-117, Friday night at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He sealed the Knicks’ second straight win and fourth in 10 games with a three-pointer and two free throws in the final 80 seconds after the Skyhawks threatened at 116-112.
In a dominant performance against Sharife Cooper and the Skyhawks, McBride came two rebounds shy of a triple-double. Cooper led the Skyhawks with 27 points and five assists but had seven turnovers. McBride only had two errors in 39 minutes.
The Knicks rookie out of West Virginia had six assists in the third quarter alone to help the Knicks get a 96-90 cushion. McBride showed his full offensive arsenal, hitting 8 of 15 shots and 3 of 7 from downtown.
Luka Samanic also had a monster double-double with 36 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out in the final minute. Samanic, the Knicks’ two-way player, was an unstoppable force making 15 of 26 shots, including a highlight dunk early in the game.
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It was Samanic’s fourth double-double in seven games. Brandon Goodwin added 18 points and seven assists.
Westchester Knicks will have more than one week of rest before taking on playoff-bound Delaware Blue Coats (6-1) on Dec. 12 on the road. It is unclear if McBride will see action as the New York Knicks will host defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks on the same day.
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