Westchester Knicks pull off upset win behind McBride’s monster game

New York Knicks rookie Miles McBride continued his rampage in the G League.

McBride put up monster numbers and hit the dagger three-pointers as the Westchester Knicks beat the Winter Showcase Cup champion Delaware Blue Coats, 117-107, Tuesday night at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT.

The gutsy Knicks rookie was clutch.

McBride scored 15 of his career-high-tying 39 points in the fourth quarter, including the back-to-back three-pointer that sealed Westchester’s second straight win.

The Blue Coats shot themselves on the foot when they incessantly complained over a Paul Reed technical foul in the final 95 seconds with the Knicks only up by two, 105-103.

It proved costly for Delaware.

The Blue Coats received five more technical fouls — two on its head coach Coby Karl and his assistant God Shammgod Jr. leading to their ejection and one on Shamorie Ponds, the G League’s 2021 top overall pick.

Karl, an assistant coach with Westchester during the 2015-16 season, threw his coaching board on the floor in disgust and was seen still shouting at the officials on his way out.

The meltdown stemmed from Reed swatting away a Westchester attempt to their bench after a timeout was already called. Westchester was only assessed with a delay of the game warning, much to the chagrin of the Delaware bench.

The Knicks, however, missed three of the six technical free throws, giving the Blue Coats a chance to steal the win. But McBride came through with two clutch three-pointers that sandwiched Myles Powell’s layup.

McBride came one rebound shy of his second triple-double. He added nine rebounds and seven three-pointers, both career-highs, with 10 assists, two steals, and two blocks in 39 minutes. However, he committed seven turnovers but shot the ball well, hitting 12 of 22 overall, including 7 for 11 from deep.

Four more Knicks scored in double figures.

Brandon Williams had 22 points and six assists, while Jericho Sims added a double-double (11 points and 14 rebounds).

The Knicks improved to 3-0 with McBride and hiked their regular-season record to 4-6, winning four of their last six games after a 0-4 start.

The Blue Coats, who were coming off a 131-95 rout of the G League Ignite, dropped to 5-4.

Westchester controlled the game in the first half until Delaware tied it at 82 on Haywood Highsmith three-pointer in the third quarter.

The Blue Coats even grabbed a 93-86 lead with 7:57 left but could not sustain it.

Williams hit back-to-back triples that kept the Knicks within striking distance. A Reed three-pointer gave the Blue Coats their last lead, 98-92. McBride’s thundering dunk triggered a 10-0 Knicks run he capped with a three-point basket for a 102-98 Knicks lead which they never relinquished.

Powell, who played for Westchester last season, led Delaware with 28 points on 10 of 20 shooting. Reed, the reigning regular-season G League MVP, added 20 points and 10 rebounds. NBA veteran Shaquille Harrison produced 12 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists in a losing effort.

The New York Knicks recalled McBride after the game to rejoin them when they host the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

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Jared Harper named to All-NBA G League First team but still long shot to crack Knicks rotation

New York Knicks’ two-way player Jared Harper was named to the 2021 All-NBA G League First Team on Tuesday.

Harper joined NBA G League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year Paul Reed of the Delaware Blue Coats, Oklahoma City Blue center Moses Brown, Lakeland Magic forward Mamadi Diakite, and Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard Kevin Porter Jr. in the selection.

Brown and Porter Jr. parlayed their outstanding G League performance to a significant role with their respective NBA mother clubs Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets.

On the other hand, the 5-foot-10 Harper’s chances of cracking the Knicks’ rotation is slim to none despite a stellar G League campaign.

Harper led the Westchester Knicks, New York’s affiliate team, to a 7-8 record in the G League bubble while leading the team in scoring, assists, and minutes. He made history by becoming Westchester’s first-ever recipient of the award, the highest nod a player has received in franchise history.

Harper finished fourth in the league in scoring with 21.3 points per game on 47.3 percent shooting. He had a pair of 30-point performances, including a career-high 35 points in the Knicks’ season finale win against Erie Bayhawks.

Harper also ended up as the second-best passer in the G League this season with 6.9 assists per game. He eclipsed the 10-assist mark four times this season, topped by a 13-assist showing against Fort Wayne, which tied his career-high.

The former Auburn star who went undrafted in 2019 also showed his impeccable marksmanship averaging 2.4 three-pointers made per game (third-best on the team) on a 40.3-percent clip.

Harper has appeared in garbage time in two New York Knicks games this season, totaling five minutes and two points.

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