Knicks rising star Jalen Brunson named NBA Player of the Week

Jalen Brunson, New York Knicks

New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson was named NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week after a dominant stretch that saw him leading the team to a 3-1 record.

Brunson averaged 34.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists with a ridiculous 52/50/97 shooting split over his last four games. He started the week with a career-high 44 points, along with seven rebounds and four assists, in a tough 111-107 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at home last Monday.

The Knicks quickly bounced back with three straight wins.

Brunson had a pair of 34-point efforts and clutch plays against Indiana and Washington. In the nation’s capital, he flirted with a triple-double (8 rebounds and 8 assists). He capped the week with 27 points, five rebounds, and four assists in Detroit.

Brunson beat teammate Julius Randle, whose 42-point, 15-rebound game in Detroit was the first of its kind in franchise history since Patrick Ewing in 1996, Philadelphia’s 1-2 punch Joel Embiid and James Harden, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Miami’s Gabe Vincent for the weekly award.

The 26-year-old Brunson became the first Knicks player to be feted with the weekly honors after Kemba Walker last season.

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