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May 6, 2024 10:40 pm

Jalen Brunson guides Knicks to Game 1 win over Pacers

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Jalen Brunson continued his postseason magic with 43 points for his fourth straight 40-point effort as the New York Knicks recorded a 121-117 victory over the visiting Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of an Eastern Conference second-round series on Monday night.

Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half and Josh Hart added 24 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists for New York. Isaiah Hartenstein had 13 points and OG Anunoby added 13 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks.

Myles Turner scored 23 points, Pascal Siakam added 19 and T.J. McConnell had 18 points for the Pacers. Aaron Nesmith and Obi Toppin chipped in 12 points apiece and Andrew Nembhard scored 11 points.

Game 2 is Wednesday night in New York.

Brunson became the fourth player in NBA playoff history to score 40 or more points in four consecutive games. Jerry West reached that mark a record six straight times in 1965. Bernard King (1984) and Michael Jordan (1993) did it in four straight contests.

DiVincenzo drained a 3-pointer to give the Knicks a 118-115 lead with 40.4 seconds remaining.

Indiana pulled within one on Siakam’s driving layup with 26.6 seconds to go.

The Pacers later had a chance to take the lead, but Turner was called for a moving screen with 12.7 seconds left.

Indiana made another mistake when Nembhard fouled Brunson before the ball was inbounded. Brunson made the ensuing free throw, and New York kept possession.

Brunson was fouled with 10.7 seconds to play and made two free throws to give New York a 121-117 advantage, and the Knicks closed it out.

New York shot 53.7 percent from the field, including 11 of 23 from 3-point range.

The Pacers made 52.3 percent of their attempts from the floor and were 10 of 26 from behind the arc.

Brunson scored seven points during a 9-0 run as New York took a fourth-quarter lead for the first time. Anunoby’s steal and dunk put the Knicks ahead with 3:11 left, and Brunson added a jumper to make it 113-109.

Nesmith’s two free throws and Siakam’s layup allowed the Pacers to knot the score at 113 with 2:10 remaining. Nembhard’s basket with 1:33 left gave Indiana a 115-113 lead, but Brunson hit a short turnaround to tie it 19 seconds later.

Earlier, Indiana led 94-85 after McConnell’s layup with 10:34 left in the game.

McConnell scored 10 points in the first half as the Pacers led 55-49 at the break. Brunson scored 18 points in the half for New York. Indiana led 87-82 after three quarters.

–Field Level Media

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