Brunson’s 38 Leads Knicks to Game 6
The New York Knicks forced a Game 6 in their Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Miami Heat on Wednesday night, thanks to a 38-point performance from Jalen Brunson.
Brunson was the only Knicks player in double figures, but he was more than enough to get the job done. He shot 14-of-26 from the field and 5-of-9 from three-point range. He also had nine rebounds and six assists.
The Knicks trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half, but they rallied to take a 70-68 lead into halftime. They then outscored the Heat 42-35 in the third quarter to take control of the game.
The Heat made a late push in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough. The Knicks held on for a 112-103 victory.
The Knicks will now head to Miami for Game 6 on Friday night. They will need to win that game to force a Game 7.
Brunson’s performance was nothing short of spectacular. He was the only player on either team who looked like he could score at will. He was also a great facilitator, finding his teammates for open shots when he was doubled.
The Knicks will need Brunson to have another big game in Game 6 if they want to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. They will also need their other players to step up and contribute. If they can do that, they will have a chance to win the series.
The Heat will be disappointed with the loss, but they should be proud of the way they fought back in the second half. They will need to play a complete game in Game 6 if they want to advance to the conference finals.