In a triumphant win for the Knicks, Jalen Brunson and his teammates defeated the Cavaliers in Game 5, securing their first series victory in a decade. After the game, Brunson paid tribute to former Knicks star John Starks by wearing a T-shirt with his image on it. The Knicks showed off their toughness and depth throughout the series, controlling the game even after Julius Randle aggravated his left ankle injury and missed the second half. This marks the second time in 23 years that the Knicks have advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs. For Brunson, whose father Rick played for the Knicks from 1999-2001, the victory held special significance. He said, "It's special and the connection with my Dad and everything, it's all full circle. It's really special."
The New York Knicks dominated the Cleveland Cavaliers, winning the opening game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, and overpowering them twice at Madison Square Garden before closing out the series back in Cleveland. The fifth-seeded Knicks will now face the winner of the Miami-Milwaukee series in the second round. Jalen Brunson was the key player for the Knicks throughout the series, averaging 24 points and leading the team in scoring in all four wins. Despite missing ten games due to injuries, Brunson came back strong and outplayed Donovan Mitchell for the second consecutive postseason. The Knicks were able to recover from their struggles and injuries, and now pose a significant threat in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Depending on the outcome of the Heat-Bucks series, the Knicks may host Game 1 as early as Sunday. The team and coach Tom Thibodeau are thrilled to keep the momentum going and bring more excitement to Madison Square Garden this spring.