New York Knicks fans that piled into MSG were already in for a treat, but a rare Jalen Brunson moment that happened in the second quarter was the cherry on top. After a disappointing 5-of-17 shooting performance in Game 2, Brunson finished with 21 points on 10-of-18 shooting in Game 3.
Whereas Brunson couldn’t buy a shot on Tuesday, he was back to his usual “antics” (that one was for you, Isaac Okoro) in New York’s 99-79 win over Cleveland on Friday. The star point guard had a solid night in his MSG playoff debut, which included doing something that he had previously only done twice this season.
What was it, you may ask? An ever so rare Jalen Brunson dunk.
Knicks’ Jalen Brunson gifts Madison Square Garden crowd a rare dunk
Thanks to some quick hands by Jalen Brunson (who said he can’t play defense?), he was awarded with a fastbreak dunk. In case you want to see a closer look, you’re welcome.
That display wasn’t enough for Brunson, though. His footwork was highlighted in the second half as he was “swishin’ and dishin'” as Clyde Frazier likes to say.
In case there was still anyone out there that was still stupidly wondering why New York pursued Brunson so strongly in free agency and sacrificed a second-round pick for it, there you go.
A lot of talk entering the game was centered around Donovan Mitchell making his playoff debut at none other than MSG against the Knicks, his “hometown” team. He finished with a quiet 22 points. Let’s not forget about the kid that grew up at MSG watching his father play for the Knicks.
Following the win, Jalen Brunson was asked what was different in New York’s win. He put it simply, “This place is unreal. That’s it.” He gave Knicks fans a show and Knicks fans gave him a show right back.