Doug McDermott turns in best game since joining Knicks, scores 20 off the bench

Nov 08, 2017 | by Peter Botte, New York Daily News

Doug McDermott dropped in some of the most important McBuckets for the Knicks in Tuesday's comeback victory over Charlotte at the Garden.

In his best game since arriving from Oklahoma City in the Carmelo Anthony blockbuster, McDermott scored a season-high 20 points, nailing seven of eight shots and even converting a rare four-point play during the fourth quarter comeback.

"I've felt more comfortable the last few games," McDermott said. "I think a lot of it is guys that haven't played together a whole lot are getting used to each other…I was just trying to be aggressive tonight, trying to be a shooter, that's what I do.

"Just coming out and being confident and trusting everyone out there on the floor. Whenever that happens it allows me to get to more open spots."

McDermott and fellow reserves Lance Thomas, Kyle O'Quinn and rookie Frank Ntilikina were on the court together for much of the fourth quarter, with rising star Kristaps Porzingis joining them in the closing minutes to score seven huge points in the closing minutes to complete the turnaround from an 11-point deficit.

"They were killing us in the first half. So at the half, Lance gave a big speech, that we have to really lock in here and can't allow that to happen," McDermott said. "And having a guy like KP, who's playing the best basketball in the NBA, having a guy like him makes our job a lot easier...I think the sky's the limit for this team. I think we can surprise some people."