The Knicks ended the regular season on a five-game win streak surviving an OT thriller versus the Bulls; securing the two seed. 

For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the New York Knicks are headed to the NBA playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The visiting Chicago Bulls (39-43) certainly made them earn it, though.

In a regular-season finale that had plenty of seeding implications on the line, the Knicks were able to outlast the Bulls in overtime and win, 120-119, on Sunday afternoon.

With losses to Milwaukee and Cleveland, the Knicks were able to gain possession of the second seed in the East. They also get to celebrate their first 50-win season in 23 years, as they wrapped up the regular season at 50-32.

New York heads into the postseason with a five-game winning streak.

The Knicks took the lead for good from the Bulls (39-43) after a pair of Jalen Brunson free throws, followed by a Donte DiVincenzo 3-pointer, gave New York a 114-112 lead with 3:13 remaining in overtime.

Chicago didn’t go away quietly and kept it a two-possession game for the remainder of overtime. New York had a 120-119 lead with 13.4 seconds left when Josh Hart turned the ball over on an inbounds pass.

DeMar DeRozan drove inside but missed the potential go-ahead shot, and Brunson reeled in the loose rebound, with 2.0 seconds remaining.

The Bulls maintained high pressure through the final buzzer, but the Knicks were able to fend them off for the important win.

Jalen Brunson had 40 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Donte DiVincenzo had 25 points and seven rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic added 13 points off the bench, while Josh Hart had a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double.

DeRozan paced the Bulls with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists. Nikola Vucevic finished with a 29-point, 11-rebound double-double. Coby White had 26 points. Alex Caruso chipped in 15 points, eight assists, and five steals, while Javonte Green added 11 points and eight rebounds.

The Knicks will play the winner of the play-in game between Philadelphia and Miami on Wednesday.

Knicks rise to the occasion

After a promising first half that resulted with the Knicks in front, and score updates showing Milwaukee and Cleveland falling behind, it looked like it was the Knicks’ No. 2 seed to lose.

Chicago changed the tone of the game by outscoring the Knicks, 35-26, in the third quarter. The Bulls capitalized on miscues and uncharacteristic turnovers by the Knicks.

Chicago led by as much as eight points early in the fourth quarter, but the Knicks were able to chip away and get in front.

They had 21 turnovers for the game, but they were able to overcome it, despite a few scares by the Bulls down the stretch.

When it mattered most, New York was able to get clutch defensive stops. The Knicks got a pair of stops with less than 40 seconds remaining to keep the game tied at 109.

After the Knicks got a big stop after a Vucevic miss, Alex Caruso lunged from behind and forced Brunson to turn the ball over, but New York was able to stop Chicago once again and keep things knotted up.

Then, at the end of regulation, getting heavy pressure and contesting DeRozan’s shot to preserve the win.

Brunson joins the big-time company

All the superlatives have already been used to describe Brunson, especially this season.

He tied Patrick Ewing for the second-most 40-point games in a single season by a Knicks player.

Sunday marked Brunson’s 11th 40-point game of the year. Only Bernard King has more. King finished with 13 40-point games in the 1984-85 season.

Brunson also tied a franchise record for most games with 30 or more points scored in a single season. It was Brunson’s 36th time scoring 30 or more points, tying the Knicks record set by both Patrick Ewing and Richie Guerin.

Brunson carried the Knicks once again, and 28 of his 40 points came after halftime.

DiVincenzo’s warrior minutes

Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau is notorious for not subscribing to load management or rest, but his players have shown they can handle the heavy workload.

DiVincenzo played a career-high 53 minutes in the winning effort, and he had some big plays on both ends of the court. He finished with 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting, which included five 3-pointers, seven boards, a pair of steals and one block.

He also helped get in DeRozan’s face and contest that final shot in the closing seconds of overtime.

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