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Jalen Bronson is rarely found on the night where the winning streak comes to an end

November 30, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Knicks guard Jalen Bronson (11) reacts after a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks center guard Jalen Bronson had a game he wanted to forget Wednesday night as the Knicks lost for the first time in more than two weeks and snapped their eight-game winning streak.

Bronson only had seven points and shot 3/14 from the field in the loss. While he had 12 assists in the game, he had a game-high five turnovers, which was also tied for his highest turnover in a single game this season.

The Raptors’ game plan was to stop Bronson, and it worked for them:

With the Knicks short on Wednesday, and shooting guard Quentin Grimes absent, the Raptors were looking to block Bronson from going to work.

Toronto played a zone defense that didn’t allow Bronson to get close to the basket, where he finds most of his buckets, and that led to missed shots and plenty of breakout opportunities for the Raptors.

Bronson also had spinning issues on Wednesday, something he’s been very good at curbing all season.

After not turning the ball over once against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Brunson tied his season-high in single-game runs with five, which was also more than the entire Raptors team’s turnover combined (four total trades) on Wednesday.

The Raptors defense stifled Bronson all night and prevented him from being the pure offensive threat he has been all season.

Bronson spoke to reporters after the game on Wednesday and held himself responsible for his lackluster performance, saying he felt “terrible” and deemed the performance “unacceptable.”

“Looking at the way I played, I feel awful. It’s unacceptable on my part, five turnovers is too big,” Bronson said. “I think I’m just disappointed in my turnovers. It’s just not acceptable to me.”

Jalen Bronson via MSG Network

Bronson will try to shake off the bad game and bounce back with a big game coming up against the Chicago Bulls Friday night at the Park. The Knicks played the Bulls twice last week, both in Chicago, and Bronson averaged 26 PPG and 6.5 APG while also shooting 9/15 from 3-point distance in the two games combined, completely dominating the Bulls and leading New York to go 2.0 against Chicago .

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