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NY Knicks defeat Indiana Pacers, while Nikola Jokic and Denver Nuggets continue to dominate

Jalen Brunson's 44-point performance leads New York Knicks to victory over Indiana Pacers, one win away from East Finals.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is filled with big-name players who have the ability to bounce back from poor performances and injuries, solidifying their status as stars of their respective teams. On May 14, Jalen Brunson showcased his resilience as he led the New York Knicks to a dominant 121-91 victory over the Indiana Pacers in their Eastern Conference semi-final play-offs, giving the Knicks a 3-2 series lead.

With a potential spot in the East Finals on the line, the Knicks are looking to advance for the first time in 24 years with a win in Indianapolis on May 17. After a disappointing Game 4 loss, Brunson stepped up in a big way, scoring 44 points while also contributing seven assists and four rebounds. His performance was nothing short of spectacular, with Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau praising his leadership and willingness to share the spotlight with his teammates.

The Knicks' dominance extended beyond Brunson's individual brilliance, as they outrebounded the Pacers with Isaiah Hartenstein and Josh Hart leading the charge on the boards. Despite concerns about Brunson's workload and a foot injury affecting his play in the past two games, he showed no signs of slowing down, reaching the 40-point mark for the fifth time this post-season.

In a record-breaking first half performance, Brunson scored 28 points and hit seven straight points in the fourth quarter to secure the victory for the Knicks. Thibodeau commended Brunson's mentality of never making excuses, even in the face of adversity, highlighting his resilience and determination to lead his team to success.

The Pacers initially took the lead in the game, but the Knicks responded with an 11-0 run to end the first quarter ahead. By half-time, New York had built a comfortable lead and maintained their momentum throughout the game, ultimately securing a convincing win over Indiana.

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