Knicks star Jalen Brunson’s Michael Jordan-like playoff feat hasn’t been seen in 31 years

The New York Knicks survived an NBA playoff classic, 118–115 over the Philadelphia 76ers, to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Knicks guard Jalen Brunson was once again outstanding in Game 6, scoring 41 points and dishing out 12 assists in the win.

With this result, there are four consecutive games in which Brunson has scored at least 37 points in the playoffs. The last player to do so was Michael Jordan in 1993, while the Chicago Bulls were on their way to defeating Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns, according to Clippers writer Justin Russo:

“Jalen Brunson has scored at least 37 points in four straight playoff games. He’s the first player to do so since Michael Jordan in 1993.”

After struggling against the 76ers’ pressure in the first two games of the series, Brunson gave the Knicks his all in the final four games. He has also scored 40 or more points in each of the last three games, becoming the first Knicks player to do so since Bernard King 40 years ago.

Brunson made his living at the free throw line in the 76ers series. In Game 6, he went 12-16 from the charity stripe. Overall, Brunson averaged 10.5 attempts from the foul line and shot 77.8 percent in the series.

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