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Jalen Brunson, Knicks push winning streak to seven, starting to look like legitimate playoff team

The New York Knicks pushed their winning streak to seven and continued their climb up the Eastern Conference standings with a 142-118 dismantling of the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. After a relatively slow start to the season, the Knicks are playing their best ball at the right time, with the playoffs rapidly approaching.

The Knicks have the second-longest active winning steak in the NBA, behind only the Milwaukee Bucks’ string 16 victories. At 37-27, the Knicks have already equaled their win total from last season, and they now sit just a game and a half behind the Cleveland Cavaliers for the fourth seed in the East with 18 games left to play.

As they have been all season, the Knicks were led by the duo of Jalen Brunson and Julius Randle in the victory over the floundering Nets, who have dropped four straight. Brunson tallied 39 points, six assists and five rebounds, while Randle added 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

While Randle is a familiar face in New York, Brunson is the new addition, and his signing has proved to be one of the most monumental moves made last summer. While some wondered if the Knicks overpaid for Brunson prior to the start of the season, he seems to have made it a mission to prove that they didn’t. Over the past 15 games, Brunson is averaging nearly 29 points per performance while adding close to six assists and shooting well over 50 percent from the field.

Brunson’s presence has opened things up for New York’s offense in a major way. They currently have the fifth-ranked offense in the entire NBA after finishing 23rd overall in that category last season. His impact is evident to everyone, including his teammates.

“It’s just great,” Randle said of playing with Brunson after the win over Brooklyn. “It makes the game easier for all of us. He’s making plays and being efficient, and we’re winning.”

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