Jalen Brunson scored 30 of his 39 points in a sizzling first half for the New York Knicks, who rose to the top with a 142-118 win over the Brooklyn Nets.
The Knicks, who have picked up seven straight wins to move up to fifth in the Eastern Conference, had 47 points in the first quarter, one shy of the franchise record for an inaugural period.
New York set a franchise record by hitting 14 3-pointers in the first half, and the Knicks maintained a lead of at least 16 points in the final three quarters. The 142 points was a season high for New York.
Mitchell Robinson (13 points, 10 rebounds) had his fourth straight double-double, while Julius Randle added 21 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Knicks.
New York’s Quentin Grimes scored 22 points while RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley each added 15 points.
Jalen Brunson hosted a SHOW tonight.
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– NBA (@NBA) March 2, 2023
Cameron Johnson scored 33 points for the Nets, who have lost four straight games and are 2-8 since losing Kyrie Irving to the Dallas Mavericks on Feb. 6, just before Kevin Durant was traded to the Phoenix Suns. Brooklyn is in sixth place — the last guaranteed playoff spot — in the East, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Miami Heat.
Spencer Dinwiddle (11 points, 10 assists) had a double-double for the Nets while Mikal Bridges finished with 21 points. Reserves Cam Thomas (15 points) and Seth Curry (10 points) also scored in double digits.
The Knicks, who were only 3-0 behind in a 109-94 win over the Boston Celtics on Monday night, were down 3-0 and 11-10 on Wednesday before starting a 13-0 run. New York took its first double-digit lead 23-11 with 6:19 in the first on a Brunson 3-pointer.
The Knicks led by as much as 27 points in the second quarter before going into halftime with an 81-57 lead. The Nets went down to 17 points in the third game when they trailed 103-86 after a three-point play by Bridges before New York extended their lead to 110-87 by the end of the period.
In the fourth quarter, the hosts led by up to 30 points.