Jalen Brunson Makes History with Career-High 50 Points as Knicks Beat Suns in NBA Thriller
Jalen Brunson scored a career-high 50 points while hitting all nine of his 3-point attempts, Julius Randle added 23 and the New York Knicks beat the Phoenix Suns 139-122 on Friday night. Brunson made 17 of 23 shots and was perfect from long range. It was a brilliant shooting display from Brunson. He made 17 of 23 shots and was perfect from long range. His final 3 got him to 50 points for the night. He also had five steals.
Brunson is the first Knicks player in franchise history to score 50 points while making nine threes. Phoenix lost star guard Bradley Beal to an ankle injury in the first quarter and has lost six of its last eight. New York has won two of its past three and used a 13-4 run early in the fourth to push ahead and never lost the lead, pulling away in the final minutes.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points to lead the Suns, while Devin Booker added 28. Durant scored 17 points in the first half, leading the Suns to a 68-63 halftime lead. Brunson led the Knicks with 15. Beal was hurt after taking a 3-point shot in the first quarter and made just one game after returning from missing most of this season with a sore back. The Suns honored Shawn Marion with a place in their Ring of Honor following the game. Marion, who is a four-time All-Star, spent the first 8 1/2 seasons of his career with the Suns and averaged 18.4 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Knicks: At Clippers on Saturday.
Suns: Host Wizards on Sunday.