Knicks, Jalen Brunson is already in playoff mode

In recent games, the Knicks have had slow starts that ultimately proved detrimental late. Milwaukee came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter, and the Knicks responded with a 17-point quarter from Jalen Brunson.

With 14 shots in the quarter, only good things came from an aggressive Jalen Brunson who seemed to be in full playoff mode. Scoring 11 straight points for the Knicks in the first quarter, he followed up with a 14-point third quarter that saw the Knicks take the lead and sustain it for the rest of the game. Jalen Brunson finished the game with 43 points, six rebounds and eight assists.

This game’s implication on playoff seeding raised the stakes significantly. The Milwaukee Bucks are now just one game ahead of New York for the second seed in the East, while the Knicks remain tied for the third seed with the Orlando Magic.

The Bucks had no answer for Jalen Brunson, and New York looks to become the second seed with a win over Chicago on Tuesday night.