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Jalen Brunson makes Knicks playoff history in Game 4 win over 76ers

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History was made Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

It may have been a home game for the 76ers, but Knicks star Jalen Brunson looked comfortable on the same court he dominated during his final season at Villanova.

Knicks faithful infiltrated Philly territory, and you could hear their cheers on every bucket of the New York star guard’s record-breaking performance. Brunson was unstoppable in Game 4, carving up the 76ers for a Knicks franchise playoff record 47 points.

Behind Brunson, the Knicks stole a 97-92 win on the road and claimed a commanding 3-1 series lead.

The game was just the latest of many signature moments Brunson has delivered in a New York uniform this season. With New York just one win at Madison Square Garden away from advancing to the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Brunson is starting to build a case for his place in Knicks franchise history. 

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Brunson stands alone atop Knicks franchise playoff history after his 47-point explosion in Game 4 against the 76ers.

The star guard picked Philadelphia apart, getting to the rim at will and burying midrange jumper after midrange jumper until the job was finished.

It didn’t matter who the 76ers threw at Brunson or how many bodies collapsed on his drives. Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, Kelly Oubre Jr. and Kyle Lowry all got a shot at the Knicks offensive engine and Brunson made the right read every time, also dishing out 10 assists.

His 15-point outburst in the third quarter pushed New York to a one-point lead to start the fourth, but Brunson went down with an ankle injury that forced him to the locker room in between periods.

He returned to the court early in the fourth, and even a bum ankle didn’t stop him from scoring a nine points in the final frame to put the 76ers away.

On top of his franchise playoff scoring record, Brunson also had the first 40-point, 10-assist game in Knicks postseason history.

You can tack it to his list of accomplishments from this season, headlined by his career-high 61-point performance back in March, which came up one shy of Carmelo Anthony’s New York franchise record.

As Brunson continues to etch his name in the Knicks’ record books, a conversation has broken out about his trajectory as one of New York’s all-time greats.

“Since the time came that I came into the league in 2001, he has been the best Knicks’ player that I have seen in the NBA,” ESPN analyst Richard Jefferson said on the broadcast during Brunson’s Game 4 takeover.

Brunson’s 47 points surpassed Bernard King in Knicks playoff history, who scored 46 points on two separate occasions. Brunson, King and Patrick Ewing are the only players in New York history with 45 or more points in a playoff game.

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