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NBA Playoffs: Jokic Wins as Nuggets Beat Timberwolves, Jalen Brunson Leads Knicks to a Crushing Win Against Pacers

Tuesday’s 121-91 victory against the Indiana Pacers gave the New York Knicks a 3-2 lead in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semi-final, and Jalen Brunson was playing at his peak.

The Knicks will make their first trip to the Eastern Conference finals in 24 years with a victory on Friday night in Indianapolis.

The Knicks responded forcefully to their 32-point loss in Game 4, as Brunson scored 44 points, dished out seven assists, and pulled down four rebounds.

The Knicks head coach, Tom Thibodeau, stated of the player, “I think the best thing about him is that he’s willing to share everything with his teammates.”

“Not only does his performance shine, but it also highlights his leadership and teamwork qualities. massive shot after massive shot.

With Josh Hart grabbing 11 rebounds (nine defensive) and Isaiah Hartenstein leading the way with 17 rebounds (12 offensive), the Knicks dominated Indiana on the glass.

In the previous two games of the series, Brunson’s effect had been minimal, raising questions about whether his hard workload and a foot issue had slowed him down.

However, when he crossed the 40-point barrier for the sixth time this postseason, there were no indications of weariness.

Despite scoring only 18 points in the Knicks’ defeat on Sunday, Brunson went 18 for 35 and scored 28 points in the first half, setting a postseason record for the team.

His seven consecutive points, which included a three-pointer to give him a 20-point lead at 106-86, sealed the win.

I really like the fact that he never gives an explanation. Thibodeau remarked, “He never talks about injuries.”

“You never get that from him; a lot of the time, when people talk about their injuries, a lot of it is excuse-making.”

The Pacers jumped off to an early 25-20 lead, but the Knicks responded with an 11-0 run to close the first quarter with a 38-32 advantage. It was 69-54 at the half, and New York was determined not to give up the advantage.

Thibodeau said that he anticipated his team’s reaction to the lopsided loss.

“They have shown that over the whole year. We can’t get too ecstatic about it because we still need one more victory,” he remarked.

Indiana’s Pascal Siakam led with 22 points.

“Desperate yet”

In the Western Conference semifinal, Nikola Jokic led the reigning champs with 40 points as the Denver Nuggets defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves for the third time in a row.

After falling down 2-0 in the series, Denver is now just one victory away from making it back to the Western Conference championship game.

Before the game, Jokic received his third career Most Valuable Player of the Year award and promptly gave another testament to his worth.

At halftime, Denver was up 50–44, with Jokic accounting for 19 of those points. The Nuggets’ advantage was then increased to 88-74 by Jokic after the Wolves had opened the third quarter on an 11-3 surge.

Anthony Edwards, the star of the Timberwolves, was held to only 18 points on 5-of-15 shooting as Denver managed to silence him.

In the Game Four defeat on Sunday, the 22-year-old scored 44 points.

Jokic understands that a difficult test is in store for him on Thursday in Minnesota, however, having been shocked by the series’ first two games’ defeat.

“We are unwilling to give up, and our back is still against the wall. We’re heading to Minnesota in order to win because we’re still that desperate,” he said.

Michael Malone, the head coach of Denver, was happy with how his squad handled Edwards’ danger.

Michael Malone, the head coach of the Nuggets, said, “We knew we had to do something different with Anthony Edwards because he is just a one-man wrecking crew.”

He said that a significant portion of the victory came from the fact that “we trapped him, we double-teamed him, and we flew around behind it,” which required a lot of work from his teammates.

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