Jalen Brunson continues to prove why he can lead the Knicks to the playoffs

Guard Jalen Brunson could lead the New York Knicks on a deep playoff run after the budding star had one of the best regular seasons in team history.

On Sunday against the Chicago Bulls, Brunson had 40 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a 120-119 overtime victory. According to Brian Mahoney of the Associated Press, it was his 11th 40-point game, second in franchise history behind Bernard King.

The Knicks (50-32), meanwhile, secured the second seed in the Eastern Conference after the Milwaukee Bucks (49-33) fell to the Orlando Magic (47-35) 113-88 on Sunday. It’s the first time New York has won 50 or more games since 2012-13.

Brunson is one of the reasons the Knicks are having their best season in over a decade. In 76 regular season games, the 27-year-old averaged a career-high 28.6 points per game, earning his first All-Star nomination.