Knicks’ Jalen Brunson joins “GOAT” company with fourth straight 40-point Game 1 performance

New York Knicks superstar Jalen Brunson shined once again in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, scoring 43 points in the win over the Indiana Pacers. Brunson is currently in the midst of an all-time playoff streak, averaging 36.6 points per game in the postseason, tops in the NBA. His latest performance put the former Villanova product in elite NBA company.

On Monday, Brunson became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1993 to have four consecutive 40-point games in the playoffs. Additionally, Brunson’s 210 total points in the final five games are the most in a five-game span in the postseason since Jordan in 1993. Brunson tied Knicks king Bernard King for the franchise record for consecutive playoff games by 40 points and is now just two games shy of the NBA record held by Jerry West in 1965.

Brunson joins Jordan and LeBron James as the only players in NBA playoff history to have 200 or more points and 40 or more assists in a five-game span — not bad for a player who has been labeled “too small” or seen as an overpayment.

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