Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle Impress NBA Fans as Knicks Beat Zach LaVine-Less Bulls

Jalen Brunson, Julius Randle Impress NBA Fans as Knicks Beat Zach LaVine-Less Bulls
Doric SamJanuary 4, 2024

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 3: Jalen Brunson #11 of the New York Knicks shoots a three point basket against the Chicago Bulls on January 3, 2024 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2024 NBAE  (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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New York Knicks point guard Jalen Brunson has been playing like a player deserving of his first trip to the All-Star Game, and he put forth another strong performance on Wednesday against the Chicago Bulls.

Brunson recorded his second straight double-double, dropping 31 points and 13 assists to lead the Knicks to a 116-100 win over the Bulls in front of their home fans at Madison Square Garden.

Brunson, who entered the game averaging a career-high 25.6 points, has now reached the 30-point mark in three of his last seven games. However, his ball distribution over the last two games has taken the Knicks offense to another level. The 27-year-old hadn’t recorded double-digit assists this season prior to this recent run, so New York will surely benefit from him adding another dimension to his game.

Fans on social media were more than pleased with Brunson’s performance in Wednesday’s win:

Michael Grogins @mikeygrogins_

Brunson with this spacing and new responsibility is going to lead to 8+ assists a game

Billy…Knicks Fan @fasho2k

It’s no coincidence Brunson has double digit assist in the two games since the trade!!! Don’t shoot the messenger

Pat O’Keefe @patokeefe12

The #Knicks did not have a player reach double-digit assists for their first 32 games. Jalen Brunson has now done it in back-to-back games.
Brunson with a Double-Double of 23 Points and 10 Assists through 3 quarters.

Matt @mdorans_

Second game in a row Brunson has double digit assists by the 3rd quarter

Knicks Stats @NY_Knicks_Stats

Jalen Brunson has recorded 15+ points and 10+ assists in consecutive games for the first time in his career

Seanye @seanyebitch

Brunson is a walking double-double with this new spacing

Kevin D. Water Law @docKev_

RJ gone and Brunson has back to back 10+ assist games. Weird.

Brunson wasn’t alone in getting praise online, as Knicks forward Julius Randle also had an impressive outing with a game-high 35 points. It’s the first time this season that both he and Brunson scored over 30 points in the same game. Fans gave Randle his flowers as well:

Billy…Knicks Fan @fasho2k

Brunson and Randle are having good games at the same time!!! pic.twitter.com/5QPyAaU5W8

Julito McCullum aka LITO @IamJulito

Julius Randle has been playing out of his mind bruh! Absolute menace.

Sam Morril @sammorril

Julius Randle has been DOMINATING

Big Knick Energy @BigKnickEnergy_

Julius Randle finally realized that he is stronger than 99% of the NBA and started dominating.

KnicksMuse @KnicksMuse

“[Julius Randle] is playing the best basketball of his career right now, in my opinion.”

– Richard Jefferson pic.twitter.com/ceQ7LyzZaD

Alex B. @KnicksCentral

Julius Randle has been playing absolutely awesome in three 3rd quarter

Blake Barker @BBarker_7

The hate on Julius Randle is crazy! Dude is clearly the best player on the Knicks. Rebounds and gets assist! He has had one of the biggest transformation as a player from not being able to shoot or dribble starting out his NBA career and now being a 3 point shooter with handles

Dave Morelli @DaveMorelli

Julius Randle is that guy

When the Knicks traded R.J. Barrett and Immanuel Quickley to the Toronto Raptors to acquire OG Anunoby, it was expected that their defense would improve. However, the new spacing on offense has worked wonders for both Brunson and Randle, giving New York fans much to be excited about.

The Knicks will look to keep the momentum when they return to action on Wednesday in a road matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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