Jalen Brunson’s Historic Playoff Run

Brunson's Historic Playoff Run

Jalen Brunson has blazed his trail into NBA history with Brunson’s Historic Playoff Run, a playoff performance for the ages. This postseason, his relentless drive and incredible consistency have left fans and analysts in awe, drawing comparisons to some of the game’s greatest legends.

Jalen Brunson’s Historic Playoff Run

Brunson has become the top guard in points scored in the paint per game during a single playoff run since 1996-97. His fearless approach has made him a standout, with statistics that paint a picture of dominance.

Brunson’s numbers this postseason are staggering: over 41 minutes per game, more than 33 points per game, and over 7 assists per game through 11 games. This elite company includes only Michael Jordan (1989), LeBron James (2018, 2009), and Devin Booker (2023). Yet, Brunson’s feat has a unique flair, unmatched for over a quarter-century.

With unyielding determination, Brunson has bulldozed his way through defenses, particularly excelling in crunch time. His paint production is historic, leading all guards with 14.7 points per game in the paint during this playoff run. Moreover, his 112 two-point field goals made top the charts, surpassing even Nikola Jokic.

His ability to slice through double teams has been masterful, drawing 30 against the Pacers and helping the Knicks average 1.23 points per possession during those plays. As Brunson himself humbly notes, “I’m not the fastest or strongest. I can’t jump the highest. But I’m relentless… I always have a plan.”

Currently leading the playoffs with 33.9 points per game, Brunson has joined the ranks of Jerry West, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James with his impressive streak of 40+ points and 5+ assists in five games this postseason. With his recent 44-point explosion, he’s set to become the fifth Knick to score over 400 points in a postseason, joining legends like Patrick Ewing and Bernard King.

Brunson’s 373 points through the first 11 games are the most since Kevin Durant’s 2019 performance. In Game 5, he became just the fifth Knick to notch 10 or more career 30-point playoff games.

Coach Tom Thibodeau couldn’t be prouder, stating, “You talk about him a lot, and rightfully so — but it’s not enough… His play has been spectacular.”

Jalen Brunson’s remarkable journey this postseason has not only elevated his status but also reignited a spark in Knicks fans, reminding everyone that in the world of sports, the underdog often has the biggest bite.

Sarah Thompson
Hey there, basketball fanatics! I'm Sarah Thompson, and my world revolves around the heartbeat of the hardwood. With a background in sports journalism, I've turned my passion for the game into compelling narratives. From game-changing plays to off-court drama, I'm here to keep you in the loop. Expect insightful analyses and exclusive player interviews that dive deep into the soul of basketball. Join me on this court-side journey, where every hoop has a story to tell.

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