After an initial setback at Madison Square Garden, Jalen Brunson’s remarkable comeback powered the New York Knicks to a pivotal 130-121 victory over the Indiana Pacers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. This victory places the Knicks in a commanding 2-0 series lead as the action shifts to Indianapolis. Brunson, who suffered an early injury scare, returned to the court to lead the charge, expressing his relief and determination post-game. “I’m just happy I [returned], to be honest with you,” Brunson stated. “We found a way. That’s it.”

The game took a dramatic turn after Brunson’s temporary exit in the first half, with the Pacers capitalizing on his absence to swing the momentum by 17 points. However, Brunson’s return in the second half sparked an instant turnaround, highlighted by a 21-6 run by the Knicks. Despite losing O.G. Anunoby to a hamstring injury, the Knicks managed to sustain their lead and finish strong, buoyed by significant contributions from Donte DiVincenzo and a resilient team performance.

The Pacers, led by Tyrese Haliburton with 34 points, showed promise but could not sustain their early advantage. Pacers coach Rick Carlisle’s ejection in the final moments underscored the high tensions and stakes of the game. With concerns lingering over the Knicks’ health for Game 3, the team remains optimistic about continuing their pursuit of the Eastern Conference finals, a feat last achieved in 2000.



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