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Jalen Brunson makes history, lifts Knicks over 76ers

Brunson finished with 47 points in the win.



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The New York Knicks are the two seed in the Eastern Conference, but because of some injury trouble, they were actually underdogs coming into their series against the Philadelphia 76ers, the seven seed. Jalen Brunson seemingly took that personally. Brunson broke the Knicks record for points in a playoff game as he dropped 47 on Sunday. New York got the win, 97-92, and they are now up 3-1 in the series.

After the win on Sunday, the Knicks are headed back home needing just one more win in the series to advance. Jalen Brunson was feeling good after the victory, but he knows that there is still a lot of work to be done.

“I’ll look back when I retire,” Brunson said, according to an article from CBS Sports. “Seriously, this is — it’s great right now. It helped us get a win, but it’s not going to do anything for us going forward.”

The Knicks know how big of a weapon that Brunson is and they know that they need to get him open as much as they can. They did a good job of that on Sunday as Brunson was often in a good position to score, and he took advantage. Communication went a long way.

“Yeah, constant communication, making sure that we’re always on the same page,” Brunson said. “The bigs, they’ve been doing a great job doing what they’re supposed to do. It’s on me to create space; it’s on me to come off with speed. I can’t ask them to hold the screen, set the screen — that’s when it gets tricky, where a ref might call offensive [foul] or a moving screen or whatever. But I had to just set my man up, make sure he hits the screen, create space and then attack from there.”

New York will look to finish out the series on Tuesday in game five.

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