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Tom Thibodeau frustrated with lack of whistles for Jalen Brunson: 'A foul is a foul, that's what I do know'

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It was an MVP performance from a player who should be getting more MVP attention.  But Jalen Brunson’s near-record scoring binge wasn’t enough to beat Victor Wembanyama’s domination, and the Knicks dropped an overtime thriller Friday night, 130-126, with Tom Thibodeau again lamenting the lack of whistles for his star player.  “A foul is a foul. That’s what I do know,” said Thibodeau, who noted the 32-12 free-throw discrepancy in favor of the Spurs. “And what I’m hearing [from the referees], I don’t really like. I don’t know what else you could do, what else you can say. It’s clear as day. It really is that simple.”  What explanation are the officials providing about why Brunson isn’t getting calls?  “Not a very good one,” Thibodeau said. “I’ll leave it at that.” Despite taking just six foul shots, Brunson finished with 61 points and could’ve surpassed Carmelo Anthony’s single-season Knicks record with the game winner.
Source: New York Post

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Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Watch Jalen Brunson score 61, but it’s not enough against Wembanyama’s 40 points, 20 rebounds, Spurs edge Knicks in OT
nbcsports.com/nba/news/watch…1:28 AM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Brunson scores 61 in Knicks’ wild OT loss to Spurs
Jalen Brunson scored 24 of his career-high 61 points in the third quarter but needed just one more against Victor Wembanyama. – updated with postgame reaction newsday.com/sports/basketb…12:38 AM
Chris Palmer @ChrisPalmerNBA
Jalen Brunson joins Carmelo Anthony as the only Knicks with 60+ points and 1 or fewer TOs.
Do you believe in Jalen Brunson now? He is a superstar. Give this man his respect. 61. – 12:36 AM
NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA
Jalen Brunson was letting it fly 😅 pic.twitter.com/g5gWulxaUa11:14 PM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Last night Dejounte Murray had the first 44-shot game since 2016.
It took one day for someone to pass him because Jalen Brunson took 47. – 11:06 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Jalen Brunson and Victor Wembanyama COMBINED to score 101 points tonight: pic.twitter.com/3tO45OCBnw11:01 PM

RJ Marquez @KSATRJ
JUST IN: Spurs win an absolute wild game over Knicks in OT.
Victor Wembanyama: 40 pts (career high), 20 rebs, 7 asts.
Wemby is the first rookie since Shaq to put up a 40-20 game.
Jalen Brunson: 61 pts! 6 asts in loss. #KSATsports #GoSpursGo #PorVida
pic.twitter.com/4kK8aVyIcH10:59 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Spurs win 3 in a row for the first time this season.
Victor Wembanyama goes for 40 points, 20 rebounds and 7 assists in a 130-126 OT win. First Spurs ever to hit 40-20-5 in a game.
Spurs overcome 61 from Jalen Brunson.
Last rookie with 40-20-5a in a game? John Drew in 1974. – 10:59 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs hold on to beat Knicks 130-126 in overtime.
Wembanyama finishes with 40 points and 20 rebounds.
Jalen Brunson (61 points) was not bad too. – 10:57 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jalen Brunson in the loss:
• 61 points (1 short of Carmelo Anthony’s franchise record)
• 4 rebounds
• 6 assists
• 25-47 FGs
• 5-13 3Ps
• 6-6 FTs – 10:50 PM
Ball Don’t Lie @Balldontlie
Jalen Brunson dropped 61 in the loss to the Spurs 🤯 pic.twitter.com/FWWqUTVqct10:50 PM

Justin Garcia @tmjgarcia
Knicks lose in San Antonio on a night where Jalen Brunson scores 61. Bucks are now 2 games up on both the Knicks and Cavs – 10:48 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
Jalen Brunson is the first player to take 46 or more shots since Kobe’s farewell game. First Knick ever to do it. – 10:43 PM
Brad Townsend @townbrad
61 points for Jalen Brunson with 41 seconds left in OT. – 10:40 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
61 points for Jalen Brunson
Spurs by 1 – 10:39 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Knicks with 60+ points in a game:
— Carmelo Anthony
— Bernard King
And now, Jalen Brunson. pic.twitter.com/KVYljEcZu710:38 PM

Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpears
Jalen Brunson has 59 points heading into overtime in San Antonio and in position to break Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks franchise record for scoring at 62 points. On Jan. 24, 2014, Melo scored 62 points to set Knicks and MSG single-game scoring records. pic.twitter.com/gKWWJD5xI410:30 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jalen Brunson with 38 points in the second half on 15-25 shooting. – 10:30 PM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Knicks’ all-time scoring record
62 – Carmelo Anthony, 10 years ago
60 – Bernard King, 40 years ago
59 – Jalen Brunson, tonight (:30 left) – 10:23 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jalen Brunson is up to 59 points, three away from Carmelo Anthony’s franchise record. – 10:23 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Devin Vassell joins Wemby as the Spurs’ second player with 20+ points.
Jalen Brunson has a new career high 53 points pic.twitter.com/KEHVtFJHKE10:13 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jalen Brunson has a new career high of 53 points with six minutes to go in the game.
Carmelo Anthony’s franchise record of 62 points is within shouting distance. – 10:10 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Knicks are better when Jalen Brunson is in the game. That’s your experienced analysis for the night. Enjoy your weekend. Oh, he’s up to 50 now and the Knicks are down 1 with 6:41 left. – 10:06 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
50 points for Jalen Brunson with 7 mins left pic.twitter.com/xG0ax3tgZu10:06 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jalen Brunson is the first Knicks player to go for 50 points twice in the same season since Allan Houston in 2002-03, Knicks say. – 10:05 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Pretty wild.
The Knicks have outscored the Spurs by 16 points in the 30 minutes Jalen Brunson has been on the court tonight.
In the eight and a half minutes he hasn’t played, the Spurs have outscored the Knicks by 28. – 9:57 PM
Steve Popper @StevePopper
Whatever the minutes thing is for Jalen Brunson – restriction, guideline, notion – it’s costing the Knicks right now. He’s sat 2:29 to start the 4th and in that span the Spurs pushed the lead back to 12 — brutal minutes and he’s not coming in at this timeout. – 9:57 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Jalen Brunson in 2 quarters with Jeremy Sochan (Spurs’ best perimeter defender) in the game: 21 points
Jalen Brunson in 1 quarter without Sochan (injured) in the game: 24 points pic.twitter.com/8EsJhal0XT9:50 PM

Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
We’re about to test Jalen Brunson’s minutes restriction tonight. – 9:48 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jalen Brunson has 24 points in the third quarter – 9:47 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jalen Brunson is on career-high watch by the way. He’s already got 42 here in the third quarter. Career high came earlier this season when he dropped 50 against the Suns. – 9:44 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
40 points for Jalen Brunson in THREE quarters: pic.twitter.com/GqEMi0YDPO9:43 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Jalen Brunson is quite good at basketball – 9:43 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
Guys….
Jalen Brunson had 40 with 4 minutes left in 4th – 9:42 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The game was reset at 83 all for 16 seconds before the Spurs took the lead again.
Jalen Brunson now has 37 points and there’s 4 mins still left in the 3Q – 9:42 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Jalen Brunson is currently calling for isos against Wemby. That degree of heater. – 9:38 PM
Stefan Bondy @SBondyNYDN
There is no longer a question that Jalen Brunson is the top guard in the Eastern Conference. – 9:38 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
35 points for Jalen Brunson and the Spurs’ 21 point lead is down to 2.
Knicks are winning the 3Q 24-9 right now. – 9:37 PM
Fred Katz @FredKatz
The Knicks, who were down as many as 21 points in San Antonio, have cut the deficit to two with Jalen Brunson, who has 14 points in the first six minutes of the third quarter, leading the way. – 9:37 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
The Knicks have cut the Spurs’ 21 point lead down to 13.
Jalen Brunson has 17 first half points.
By my count, 12 of those points have come from floater range. – 8:57 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Jalen Brunson has been a problem for the league since joining the Knicks. He has been a problem for the Spurs dating to his Mavs days.
His 17 points keeping New York afloat in the first half. Knicks have carved a 21-point deficit to 54-41. – 8:56 PM
Jeff McDonald @JMcDonald_SAEN
Spurs lead Knicks 38-27 after 1Q. Keldon Johnson with 12 points off the bench. Jalen Brunson with 11 for New York.
We’ll see if Victor re-enters in the 2Q. – 8:37 PM
Tommy Beer @TommyBeer
the fact that the Knicks are just 1 game back of the 2-seed in the East in incredible when you consider the injuries they’ve dealt with this season.
Which is why Jalen Brunson deserves more MVP love than he’s received.
Behind Brunson, are the other Knicks that rank in the… pic.twitter.com/UZOibsuWJk10:49 AM

Ryan Wolstat @WolstatSun
New York Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau confirms Mitchell Robinson will warm up and if everything’s good he’s good to go. Long layoff, but he’s a guy who makes the Knicks a lot better. “We’re glad to have him back.” – 6:05 PM

More on this storyline

According to ESPN Stats & Information research, it’s only the second time in NBA history that one player had a 40-point, 20-rebound game and another had a 60-point contest. The other instance came in 1961 when Elgin Baylor scored 63 points and Wilt Chamberlain had 78 points and 43 rebounds. -via ESPN / March 30, 2024
Brunson still surpassed Bernard King’s 60 points and now sits second on the all-time, single-game Knicks scoring list. He shot 25 of 46 in 43 minutes, surpassing his own career-high — established earlier this season — by 11 points. He also tied Patrick Ewing’s 1995 franchise record for points in a second half with 38. Brunson’s 46 field goal attempts were the most of any NBA player since Kobe Bryant’s final game in 2016.  The Knicks All-Star was uninterested in discussing these accomplishments.  “It’s great, but that s–t — excuse me — that stuff is washed out the window with a loss,” Brunson said. “So it doesn’t really matter.” -via New York Post / March 30, 2024
Paul Garcia: Jalen Brunson on playing against Wemby: “Yeah, definitely. He’s gonna be one of the greatest players this game has seen. Just the way he’s built and what he’s been able to do so far. Got a lot of respect for him and it’s definitely tough to get a shot up and in over him.” -via Twitter @PaulGarciaNBA / March 30, 2024
Eurohoops: VICTOR WEMBANYAMA WENT CRAZY AGAINST THE KNICKS 😱 📊 40PTS (Career-high), 20REB, 7AST, and the W after the OT pic.twitter.com/nSG8f03eOG -via Twitter @Eurohoopsnet / March 30, 2024

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