The Knicks rely on Brunson to get ahead against the Pacers

The Knicks rely on Brunson to get ahead against the Pacers

Jalen Brunson signed another magnificent performance this Monday with 43 points and he was once again the hero of some New York Knicks who suffered a lot to beat the Indiana Pacers 121-117 and take a 1-0 lead in the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal. Brunson, who already dazzled in the series against the Phildelphia 76ers, resolved a very tight finish with 21 points in the last quarter and with several arbitration controversies, especially with a foul on a block when Indiana attacked to take the lead with just 12 seconds left. The point guard also added 6 rebounds and 6 assists, went a perfect 14 of 14 in free throws and became the first player with four consecutive games with more than 40 points in the playoffs since Michael Jordan.

Donte DiVincenzo (25 points) and Josh Hart (24 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists) stood out in Tom Thibodeau’s usual and extreme timing for his figures (Hart did not rest for a single second throughout the game). On the other hand, Indiana, with a deep and very effective core, came close to exhausting the Knicks. Myles Turner (23 points) led the Pacers with 46 points from his bench (only 3 for New York). Tyrese Haliburton only had 6 points and 8 assists.

In this duel between two Eastern classics with memorable antecedents (such as Reggie Miller’s 8 points in 9 seconds in 1995), two radically opposite styles are measured: the rage and sacrifice of the tough Knicks and the frenetic and ultra-offensive rhythm of the Pacers explosives.

Brunson reigns in New York

In a packed Madison Square Garden, with a fabulous atmosphere and that has regained faith in its team, the Knicks dominated the first quarter but without much reflection on the scoreboard. Brunson imposed the law with 10 points in less than five minutes, punishing Andrew Nembhard again and again. When TJ McConnell came in successfully to stop the point guard, Hart took over with 9 points and baskets of pure courage. It was precisely McConnell (6 points) who gave restraint to some out-of-tune Pacers who, despite everything, did not give ground (27-24 after the first quarter).

Indiana grew in the second quarter with more speed in attack, one more point in defense and, above all, winning the rebound against a team like the Knicks that is an expert in hitting under the rims. Turner (9 points) took over in the Pacers’ choral attack (all nine players used scored in the first half) and, in general, it gave the impression that Rick Carlisle’s men were fresher and lighter than the Knicks they Their legs seemed to be heavy. Haliburton, with a triple, capped a 0-9 run that could have hurt the Knicks on the way to the locker room, but Isaiah Hartenstein pulled off a marvel at the buzzer from mid-court to leave the score at 49-55. Brunson (18 points) and Hart (11) led the Knicks with almost no bench (1 point between all). Instead, McConnell (10) and Ben Sheppard (8) led the solid performance of Indiana’s reserves (27).

DiVincenzo woke up with a jump during the restart. He shined with 15 points in the third quarter, including three triples, and gave oxygen to the Knicks with symptoms of physical and mental exhaustion but who managed to take the lead. However, the Pacers responded with a 0-10 run, Obi Toppin excelled with a stunning dunk in front of his old fans and Turner, very inspired with 13 points in that period, returned Hartenstein’s stab with a three-pointer at the buzzer. before the last chapter (82-87).

The Pacers threatened to break the game while Brunson took a very brief rest (+9) and Aaron Nesmith destroyed the rim by flying over Mitchell Robinson. But the irreducible Brunson and Hart answered the call and the match reached the last minute tied. After a three-pointer by DiVincenzo and a basket by Pascal Siakam, the Knicks lost the ball and then came the controversial foul in a block by Turner that opened the way for the New Yorkers to kill the game from the personal line.

2024-05-07 04:01:29
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