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Jalen Brunson powers Knicks to 2-0 lead; Real Madrid shocks Bayern Munich

Jalen Brunson powers Knicks to 2-0 lead; Real Madrid shocks Bayern Munich

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Bruised and battered and exhausted, the Knicks just keep going — and keep winning — behind their superstar point guard. Jalen Brunson suffered a first-half foot injury and returned to score 24 of his 29 points in the second half as New York outlasted the Pacers 130-121 to take a 2-0 series lead.

  • Brunson, Donte DiVincenzo and Josh Hart — the ‘Nova Knicks — combined for 74 points after having 92 in Game 1. Brunson and DiVincenzo scored the team’s last 11 points of the game.
  • Isaiah Hartenstein had a near triple-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
  • The Knicks trailed by 10 at halftime but outscored Indiana 36-18 in the third quarter. About the only thing that went wrong in the quarter — and this could loom large — is OG Anunoby leaving with a hamstring injury. He did not return. A phenomenal defender, he was also terrific offensively with 28 points.

New York’s ability to win without so many key players is a testament to their resilience, James Herbert writes from the Garden.

Oh yeah: Reggie Miller got serenaded with a NSFW chant, and Rick Carlisle got ejected and had some fiery postgame comments. Not a banner night for Indiana.

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