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Knicks push Heat to Game 6 behind Jalen Brunson's 38-point gem

NEW YORK -- Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau beamed with pride as he described Jalen Brunson's 38-point, nine-rebound, seven-assist performance in a must-win 112-103 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Wednesday night.

As eye-popping as the numbers were for the guard who has quickly become one of Thibodeau's favorite players in his first season with the Knicks, the stat that really made Thibodeau gush was the 48 in the minutes column. Not only did Brunson lead his team offensively, he played every second of the game to make sure the Knicks forced a Game 6 Friday night in Miami.