Basket, set, and match: Brunson leads Knicks to victory
In a thrilling game against the Atlanta Hawks, Jalen Brunson emerged as the hero for the New York Knicks. With just 18.8 seconds remaining, Brunson made a key play that put the Knicks ahead by three points on the scoreboard. The star point guard finished the game with an impressive stat line of 24 points, 8 assists, and six three-pointers, securing a tight 116-114 victory.
Julius Randle, the Knicks’ power forward, described the game as “simply resilient” in an interview with the NY Post. He praised the team’s ability to step up at crucial moments, highlighting the contributions of players like Immanuel Quickley and Brunson.
After Trae Young missed a shot that could have tied the game at 112, Brunson’s performance sealed the victory for the Knicks. Rising from 4 meters, he made a crucial shot that secured their positive 6-5 standing in the league.
Randle’s impressive numbers
Despite facing criticism, Julius Randle continues to prove his importance to the Knicks. In the game against the Hawks, he showcased his skills with 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, and 1 steal. Randle’s aggressive play and improved shooting have been key factors in his recent success.
- vs Hawks: 29 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, and 50% field goals.
- vs Celtics: 25 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 38.8% shooting.
- vs Hornets: 23 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 50% TC.
- vs Spurs: 23 points, 16 rebounds, 5 assists, and 42% shooting.
- vs Clippers: 27 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 42% in TC.
Brunson, who also had a slow start to the season, managed to regain his form before Randle. Against the Hawks, he made 8 out of 19 shots, including an impressive 6 out of 10 from three-point range.
Quentin Grimes, unfortunately, suffered an injury during the game. The extent of his injury, possibly a fracture in his hand, is yet to be confirmed. The Knicks will conduct further medical tests to determine the severity.
Hawks: Trae Young and DeJounte Murray combined for 28 points, with Young also contributing 17 assists. Bogdan Bogdanovic, coming off the bench, led the Hawks in scoring with 28 points and four three-pointers. Jalen Johnson added 18 points to the team’s effort. The Hawks, with the same record as the Knicks (6-5), will face the Philadelphia 76ers in their next game.
Knicks: Immanuel Quickley stood out once again, scoring 20 points and providing 4 assists off the bench. Mitchell Robinson made his presence felt on the boards with 8 points, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Reserve center Isaiah Hartenstein contributed 11 points and 4 rebounds. The Knicks will continue their away games, with their next destination being Washington.
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