Knicks vs. Pacers score: Jalen Brunson erupts for 44 points as New York rebounds

Jalen Brunson exploded for 44 points as the New York Knicks regained the lead in their second-round NBA playoff series against the Indiana Pacers with a 121-91 win in Game 5 on Tuesday night. The Knicks are up 3-2 in the best-of-seven series and are now one win away from their first trip to the Eastern Conference finals since 2000.

The Pacers blew out the Knicks in Sunday’s Game 4, leading by as many as 43 points in a series-tying victory. But it was a much different story in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden.

Brunson sparked a big run at the end of the first quarter that put New York ahead for good. The Knicks star guard — who was held to 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting in Game 4 — went off for 28 points in the first half. That’s the highest mark in any half for a Knicks player in a playoff game in the play-by-play era (since 1996-97). Brunson now has five 40-point games in these playoffs, the most by any NBA player since LeBron James had eight in the 2018 NBA postseason.

The other big reason for the Knicks’ Game 5 win was offensive rebounding. The Knicks ended the game with 20 offensive boards, 12 of which came from center Isaiah Hartenstein, who passed Charles Oakley for a franchise playoff record. New York took 101 field-goal attempts to the Pacers’ 72.

Tyrese Haliburton had another quiet game for the Pacers. The All-Star guard finished with 13 points and attempted just nine field goals. It was reminiscent of Haliburton’s Game 1, a Pacers loss that saw him score six points and take six shots.

The Pacers will try to keep their season alive in Friday’s Game 6. The series will head back to Indianapolis, where the Pacers are unbeaten in these playoffs.

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