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When Brunson took the field at halftime, the fans went wild chanting “MVP!”

Jalen Brunson returned from a right foot injury to score 24 of his 29 points in the second half, helping the New York Knicks beat the Indiana Pacers 130-121 on Wednesday night. This victory gave the Knicks a 2–0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

When Brunson came out to warm up after halftime, he was greeted by loud cheers from the crowd. Fans not in the concession lines or bathrooms started chanting “MVP! MVP!” At that point, Indiana led 79-70, but the Knicks took control with a 14-0 scoring run in which Brunson made a three-point play to push New York to an 84-79 lead.

On the anniversary of Willis Reed’s legendary locker room performance before Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals that led to the Knicks’ first title, Brunson thrilled the crowd at Madison Square Garden when he returned to warm up after he had missed the entire second quarter. The Pacers had built a double-digit lead by then, but Brunson’s return helped turn the game around.

He didn’t reach the milestone of becoming the second player in NBA history to score 40 or more points in five consecutive playoff games, but he provided everything the Knicks needed to reach the midway point of their first Eastern Conference finals since 2000. are.

“He’s a great leader, so I think the players all respect that, when a guy goes out there and is willing to give what he has, and that says a lot about him,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.

OG Anunoby scored a career-high 28 points in the playoffs before leaving in the third quarter with a left hamstring injury. The Knicks, who were already missing three key players due to seasonal injuries, managed to overcome this setback.