Jalen Brunson Enters NBA Record with 50 Points, 5 Rebounds, 5 Assists, 5 Steals in a Game

‣ Jalen Brunson of the New York Knicks is the fourth NBA player since the 1973-74 season to record at least 50 points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals in a single game. The other three are Rick Barry (1974, 1975), Michael Jordan (1988), and Anthony Davis (2016).
‣ Brunson is the first Knicks player to score 50 points while making nine 3s in a game, and the first NBA player to finish 8-of-8 shooting on 3-pointers in a half.
‣ He is also the fourth player in Knicks history to record a 50-point game on 70% shooting, joining Willis Reed (1967), Bernard King (1981, 1984), and Patrick Ewing (1990).

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Jalen Brunson, the shining star of the New York Knicks, has made history. He’s now just the fourth player since the 1973-74 NBA season to record at least 50 points, five rebounds, five assists, and five steals in a single game. He’s in good company, joining Rick Barry (1974, 1975), Michael Jordan (1988), and Anthony Davis (2016).

Brunson’s feat came during New York’s 139-122 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Friday night. The six-year guard had a career night, racking up 50 points, six rebounds, nine assists, and five steals in 36 minutes. At 27, Brunson’s performance was nothing short of spectacular. He shot 17-of-23 (73.9%) from the floor, 9-of-9 (100%) beyond the arc, and 7-of-9 (77.8%) at the foul line.

So, where does this put him in the grand scheme of things? Well, according to multiple NBA betting sites, Brunson holds the 17th-ranked odds to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year. He’s trailing behind stars like Anthony Edwards, Joel Embiid, Donovan Mitchell, and others.

But wait, there’s more! Not only is Brunson the first Knicks player to score 50 points while making nine 3s, he’s also the first NBA player to finish 8-of-8 shooting on 3-pointers in a half. “I had no idea,” Brunson said about his perfect accuracy from deep. “I was just playing free.”

Let’s not forget, Brunson is a Villanova product. He made all 12 of his second-half field goal attempts. He’s also the third player in NBA history to make nine or more 3-pointers in a game without missing, joining Latrell Sprewell (2003) and Ben Gordon (2006, 2012). “The way he shot the ball was special,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Moreover, Brunson is the fourth player in Knicks history to record a 50-point game on 70% shooting. He’s joining franchise legends Willis Reed (1967), Bernard King (1981, 1984), and Patrick Ewing (1990).

In the fourth quarter, New York outscored Phoenix 42-23. The Knicks shot 49-of-82 (59.8%) from the field, 17-of-29 (58.6%) from 3-point range, and 24-of-28 (85.7%) at the line.

Brunson’s stats this season are impressive. Through 24 starts, he’s averaging career highs of 25.6 points, 1.2 steals, and 35.6 minutes, along with 3.8 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game. He’s shooting 47.7% from the floor and a career-best 46% from downtown.

As for the Knicks’ championship odds? According to a few NBA sportsbooks, they hold the 16th-ranked odds to win this season. The Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Miami Heat are getting better odds. But with Brunson’s performance, who knows what could happen?

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
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