Brunson’s Heroics Has Knicks Fans Believing in Big Dreams
How good are these New York Knicks? Are they just red hot too soon? Or is this a sign of things to come this spring? That is the question pundits are asking themselves right now, but for Knicks fans, they have every right to be delirious and dream.
The Knicks have now won nine in a row, easily their longest winning streak of the season, and matching their longest such streak from last season. But this feels different. This Knicks team has arguably been the best team in the NBA since the calendar turned to 2024, posting a record of 15-2 since January 1.
And you can feel the vibe. After the Knicks 109-105 come-from-behind win over Indiana on Thursday, the Garden crowd was electric. Something we have only seen in spurts here and there over the last 20-plus years. It feels like Knicks basketball is indeed back in a big way.
Jalen Brunson has been the leader. On the night he found out about his addition to the 2024 NBA All-Star Game, he dropped 40 points on the Pacers.
And to think he and the Knicks are doing this with the likes of Julius Randle (shoulder), OG Anunoby (elbow), Mitchell Robinson (ankle) and Quentin Grimes (knee) all missing in action at the moment.
The Knicks trailed Indiana by double-digits for most of the night, and trailed 87-79 entering the fourth quarter. That was until Miles McBride and Donte DiVencenzio hit back-to-back three’s to ring the Knicks to within two points, 87-85.
Little later on Brunson tied the proceedings at 91 a piece with a 25-foot three-pointer.
That three-pointer was the start of an 11-point run for Brunson down the stretch, most notably a tear drop off the glass that banked in to give the Knicks a 101-100 lead. New York would never trail again.
Now the Knicks take their nine-game win streak up against LeBron and the Lakers at the Garden on Saturday night. Get your popcorn ready.