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How Miles McBride made history in Knicks’ Game 1 win over 76ers

Before this weekend, Miles McBride had never scored more than three points in an NBA playoff game after mostly riding the pine tree in his first two seasons with the New York Knicks.

On Saturday, the third-year guard rewrote the franchise record books and made Madison Square Garden sing his name.

The former second-round pick came off the bench to score 21 points on 7-for-12 shooting (58.3%) in the Knicks’ 111-104 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, leaving him one point behind the team leader in scoring to help secure a Game 1 victory in the 2024 NBA playoffs.

He also finished with a plus-minus of +37 – the highest in a playoff game in franchise history, according to StatMuse.

McBride makes Knicks playoff history in Game 1

After the 76ers jumped out to a 13-point lead late in the first quarter, McBride entered the game and hit his first 3-pointer seconds later to cut the lead to 10.

He then single-handedly defeated the 76ers with a 13-point second quarter to lead an inspired charge against the New York bench that received overwhelming approval from those at Madison Square Garden.

When he hit his final shot in the fourth quarter — a 24-footer with 7:37 left to extend the Knicks’ lead to five — he became the first player in franchise history to score 20 points with five threes off the bench . according to Tommy Beer.

The third-year guard also added four assists, three rebounds and a steal, finished with zero turnovers and single-handedly tripled Philadelphia’s bench output.

McBride deserves praise from teammates and coaches

Knicks star Jalen Brunson finished the Game 1 victory with 22 points in 41 minutes, both tied for the team lead, giving New York a 1–0 lead.

But when asked what it would take for his team to win on Saturday, he had two simple words to explain it:

McBride was a second-round pick out of West Virginia and has long been a fan favorite for his relentless play on both ends of the court.

After averaging 3.5 points in 11.9 minutes last year, McBride started 14 of 68 games and played nearly 20 minutes per game in 2023-24. He scored a combined 39 points in his first two starts in January, and he averaged 18.9 points in his nine starts over the final month of the season.

Even coach Tom Thibodeau, known to be as tough on his players as any coach in the league, had nothing but praise for the Knicks’ breakout hero in the playoffs.

New York hosts Philadelphia on Monday for Game 2 of their first-round series, with tipoff scheduled for 7:30 PM ET on TNT.