Jalen Brunson hears 'MVP' chants in return from injury as Knicks make latest statement


With Nikola Jokic on the floor, it was Jalen Brunson hearing loud “MVP” chants at Madison Square Garden on Saturday afternoon.

Brunson, playing in his first game in a week due to a bone bruise in his foot, finished with 24 points in 32 minutes of action, and helped seal the game with a pair of free throws to give New York a four-point lead with 43.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

As Brunson set up for those free throws, the “MVP” chants rained down from The World’s Most Famous Arena, sinking them both before helping provide the exclamation point on the big win with an alley oop toss to Mitchell Robinson with 25 seconds to go.

Jokic, considered one of the top contenders for the MVP award alongside Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, finished with 24 points of his own, but it was Brunson’s Knicks taking down Denver, the top seed in the Western Conference, for New York’s third win in a row.

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