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Knicks’ OG Anunoby, Jalen Brunson dominate when on floor together

That’s less than a quarter of a full season, just 20 games.

But when OG Anunoby and Jalen Brunson share the floor, the numbers are staggering.

Coming off Friday night’s win over the Nets, the Knicks are 18-2 with the duo playing together, with a net rating of -24.7 and an offensive rating of 125.8 in 599 minutes.


New York Knicks forward OG Anunoby AP

That’s stupid.

The Knicks’ only losses with two of them in the lineup were setbacks to the Bulls and Mavericks on the road by a combined 12 points.

The trade with the Raptors on Dec. 30, which sent RJ Barrett and Immanuel Quickley north of the border, was certainly a surprise, even though Anunoby has missed 27 games with an elbow injury since joining. It had a great effect.

The lockdown defender is now healthy and the Knicks have won four straight, five of six games and are gaining momentum heading into the playoffs.


Brooklyn Nets vs. New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden - New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson
New York Knicks guard Jalen Brunson Charles Wenzelberg/New York Post

Anunoby played in five of those contests, averaging 13.4 points and shooting 47.8 percent from 3-point range.

In the win over the Nets, he scored 15 points in 34 minutes and showed typical solid defense.

The Knicks outscored the Nets by four points thanks to Anunoby.

“Open up, shoot. Guard, make plays,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Defensively, he hustle like crazy. He’s everywhere. I thought his production was going to propel us forward.”


There will be no bulls Javonte Green (rest) and Andre Drummond (ankle sprain) in Sunday’s final regular season game. Ayo Dosunmu (bruised limb) is questionable.

Although they have secured a spot in the play-in tournament, they have no intention of resting their star players.

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