‣ Jalen Brunson recorded his fifth career 40-point game with the New York Knicks, tying Walter Frazier and Stephon Marbury for the most by a point guard in franchise history.
‣ Brunson is praised for his ability to draw fouls and position himself in front of defenders, making it difficult for them to defend him.
‣ The Knicks are ranked 15th in odds to win the 2024 championship and have the third-best odds to win East Group B in the NBA In-Season Tournament.
Jalen Brunson has 5 career 40-point games with the Knicks, tying Walt Frazier and Stephon Marbury for the most by a point guard in Knicks history.
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Jalen Brunson made waves on Friday night as he recorded his fifth career 40-point game with the New York Knicks. This accomplishment puts him in the company of Knick legends Walt Frazier and Stephon Marbury as the point guards with the most 40-point games in franchise history. In the game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Brunson notched an impressive stat line of 45 points, five rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 42 minutes of play. His shooting was also on point, with a 56.7% field goal percentage, 25% from beyond the arc, and 81.8% from the free-throw line.
Despite his individual success, the Knicks fell short in a 110-105 loss to the Bucks. Prior to this matchup, the Knicks were ranked 28th in offensive rating. However, this performance by Brunson and his ability to draw fouls and find his way to the basket impressed his peers. Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers praised Brunson’s craftiness and his ability to force defenders into tough positions.
Brunson’s impressive scoring abilities were also on display during the 2023 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat. In Game 4 of the series, he contributed 32 points and 11 assists, becoming only the third player in Knicks history, alongside Frazier and Patrick Ewing, to achieve a 30-point and 10-assist playoff game.
Even though Brunson’s efforts gave the Knicks their first lead in the fourth quarter against the Bucks, they ultimately fell short. Coach Tom Thibodeau acknowledged the team’s need for more determination going forward. Despite the loss, Brunson’s performance throughout the season has been commendable, averaging 24.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 4.3 assists per game. His shooting percentages of 42.4% from the field, 39.5% from beyond the arc, and 79.4% from the free-throw line highlight his efficiency.
The Knicks are currently participating in the inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament and are part of East Group B, along with the Bucks, Hornets, Wizards, and Heat. These teams will face off against each other in their regular-season schedules, with the group winners and two wild-card teams advancing to the quarterfinals in December.
Brunson’s exceptional performances have solidified his status as a key player for the Knicks and have contributed to the team’s competitiveness in both regular-season games and tournament play. Fans can eagerly anticipate more exciting games from Brunson as he continues to make a name for himself in Knicks history.