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Jalen Brunson To Chris Paul Offering Help After A Hard Shoulder Hit: ‘I Don’t Need That Hand’

Jalen Brunson. Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images Oct 7, 2023; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Chris Paul (3) reacts after a foul is called in favor of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors continued their surge with a 110-99 win over the New York Knicks. One interesting sidelight, however, was the interaction between Chris Paul and Jalen Brunson.

Near the end of the third quarter, Paul shoulder-checked the Knicks point guard to the face. The veteran tried to help the first-time All-Star up, but Brunson would have none of it. He told Paul: “I don’t need that hand.”

Unless you’re a recent NBA fan, the 12-time All-Star has a history of dirty plays. For instance, he dove into Mike Conley’s knees in a November game last year

Dirty play aside, the Warriors’ win helped them improve to four games over .500, 31-27. They got terrific performances from Stephen Curry, who scored 31 while Jonathan Kuminga added 25. 

In addition, the Golden State bench has become much more reliable with Paul running things. Paul finished with 11 points, four rebounds, and six assists, and Klay Thompson added 16. 

In six games off the bench, so far, Thompson is finding his rhythm. He is averaging 19.2 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 44 percent from deep.

Meanwhile, Brunson continued his All-Star production. He dropped 27 points, five rebounds, and five assists for the night. Josh Hart added 14 points and a season-high 18 rebounds for the Knicks, which now lost seven of their last 10.