New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson torched the Milwaukee Bucks defense once again on Christmas Day with 38 points, four rebounds, six assists, and one steal in a 129-122 win for New York over Milwaukee. Brunson for the second consecutive game scored over 30 points against the Bucks’s defense.
On Saturday night, he scored 36 points despite the Knicks losing that contest. Monday was a much happier result for the Knicks. Jalen Brunson scored 14 points in the first quarter and he had his way all game against a bottom-tier Bucks defense.
Brunson and RJ Barrett combined for 28 of the 36 points in the first quarter for the Knicks in the game. Jalen Brunson shot 53.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range. On the year, he is 26.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG, and 5.9 APG. Brunson’s PPG is ranked 13th in the NBA this season and this goes to show how valuable he is to the New York Knicks.
Brunson did not turn the ball over in the game against the Bucks. He told Stefan Bondy of the New York Post after the game:
“Needed a little bit more energy today and it showed, from start to finish. In the past we’ve had spurts where we had great energy and we made comebacks, we’ve taken the lead but we played with the lead the whole game today and just found a way to keep it.”
Milwaukee Bucks Point Guard Damian Lillard Acknowledges the Fact How the New York Knicks Offense Runs Through Jalen Brunson
When the Bucks face the Knicks anytime this season, the number one thing was trying to stop Brunson, but it didn’t work. Damian Lillard said to Bondy also after the game ended against the New York Knicks:
“They’re playing through him, they’re giving him every opportunity and he’s taking full advantage of it.”
New York’s offense does go through Brunson. He is their best player by a mile. Brunson is probably going to be an All-Star this season in the Eastern Conference. He is one of the reasons why the Knicks made it to the playoffs a season ago and is on track to do it again this season. With the win, the Knicks nine-game skid ended against the Bucks.