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May 14, 2024 11:03 pm

Jalen Brunson scores 44, Knicks pound Pacers in Game 5

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Jalen Brunson scored 44 points Tuesday night for the host New York Knicks, who routed the Indiana Pacers 121-91 in Game 5 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series.

The Knicks, who lost Games 3 and 4 in Indianapolis, now hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series. New York will attempt to clinch a berth in the Eastern Conference finals with a road win in Game 6 on Friday.

Brunson, who scored at least 40 points for the fifth time in 11 playoff games this spring, added seven assists and four rebounds in just under 43 minutes.

Josh Hart logged 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Knicks, and Isaiah Hartenstein pulled down 17 rebounds. His 12 offensive boards tied a franchise playoff record set by Charles Oakley against the Chicago Bulls on May 15, 1994.

Alec Burks had 18 points off the bench while Miles McBride scored 17 points for the Knicks. New York utilized a seven-man rotation with Julius Randle (shoulder) out for the season, Mitchell Robinson (ankle) out until at least mid-June and OG Anunoby (hamstring) sidelined for a third straight game.

Pascal Siakam amassed 22 points and eight rebounds for the Pacers, while Myles Turner had 16 points. Tyrese Haliburton, who averaged 23.8 points and 16.5 shots in the first four games, was limited to just 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Andrew Nembhard added 11 points.

The Pacers led by as many as seven points in the first quarter before the Knicks went ahead for good by ending the period with a 22-10 run to take a 38-32 lead. Brunson scored 18 points in the second, when New York led by as any as 18 before entering the half with a 69-54 lead.

Turner hit three unanswered 3-pointers in a 64-second span to pull the Pacers within 70-63 with 9:56 left in the third.

Donte DiVincenzo sank a floater for the Knicks and Nembhard split a pair of free throws before New York went on a 17-0 run. Indiana missed nine straight shots and committed four turnovers as the Knicks moved ahead 89-64 with 3:14 left in the period.

The Pacers began the fourth on a 9-0 run that featured six points from Siakam. However, Brunson scored seven unanswered points in a subsequent 10-0 run for the Knicks, putting the game out of reach.

–Field Level Media

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