Knicks’ star Jalen Brunson had a career game against the Suns, becoming the first NBA player with 50 points on 100% shooting from three.
Jalen Brunson made history last night. The New York floor not only put up the first 50-point, perfect-from-deep game, but also became one of three players to ever put up at least 50 points, nine assists, five rebounds, and five steals within a single game. The other two: Rick Barry and Michael Jordan, two first-ballot Hall of Famers who carry seven combined Finals MVPs and 11 scoring crowns between them (Jordan, of course, doing the heavy lifting on both fronts).
Brunson’s 50 points were a new career-high for him, surpassing his previous record of 48 points, which he recorded against the Cleveland Cavaliers back in March.
Despite trailing Phoenix at the half (68-63), the Knicks finally took back the lead in the fourth quarter (102-101), where Brunson’s explosive sharp-shooting skills and precision helped establish New York’s victory.
RJ Barrett also contributed to New York’s win with 21 points, three assists, and two rebounds, as did Julius Randle, who showed out with 23 points, six assists, and eight rebounds. Randle also made sure that Brunson received the game-winning ball once the time ran out on the clock as an appreciation for Brunson’s phenomenal display of athleticism and tongue-in-cheek jab at the fast-approaching Bucks.
Brunson was one of the most efficient shooters in Phoenix, knocking down 17-23 shots from the field, 9-9 shots from behind the arc, and 7-9 free throws in 35 minutes of gameplay.
Suns’ superstar Kevin Durant offered high praise for Brunson in last night’s post-interviews after experiencing a ground-breaking record right in front of him. Durant explained to the reporters that Brunson is a “Hall of Fame player if he keeps it up.”
This is the same Jalen Brunson who was one of the biggest All-Star snubs in the 2022-23 season. Last season, Brunson averaged 24 points, 6.2 assists, and 3.5 rebounds with 41.6% from three and 49.1% from the field. This year, Brunson is averaging 25.6 points, 5.9 assists, and 3.8 rebounds with 46.0% from three and 47.7% from the field.
With that being said, fans can indisputably contend that Brunson is on track to become an All-Star this season if he continues to take control of this astonishing, highly charged momentum that he possesses in almost all of his games. Brunson’s efficiency as a shooter, especially a three-point shooter, has made him a serious candidate, and more importantly, has kept the Knicks going through some up-and-down times for his teammates.
Jalen Brunson now ties the record for the most made threes in an NBA game without missing a single shot next to former Knicks’ guard, Latrell Sprewell (who achieved this record in 2003), and Ben Gordon, former NBA Sixth Man of the Year winner (who successfully completed this twice).
After the game, Brunson expressed his humility, “I was just playing. I wasn’t really thinking, I was just trying to focus on my mechanics, seeing how the defense is playing, getting to my spot, stuff like that. … The ball went in tonight.” Although Brunson may have downplayed his stellar performance, fans are well aware of just how much of a special player he is.
The Knicks are still on the road and will play the LA Clippers (14-10) tonight at 10:30 PM ET.