Donte DiVincenzo’s special Knicks season gets heartwarming twist

Donte DiVincenzo capped his greatest season with his longest performance, a playoff opportunity near his hometown and an announcement from his girlfriend that they recently welcomed their baby boy.

Not a bad day for the 27-year-old.

DiVincenzo exceeded all reasonable expectations by setting the franchise single-season record with 283 3-pointers, which he capped Sunday by scoring 25 points on five field goals in 53 minutes, a career-high in ‘a 120-119 overtime victory against the Bulls.

Knicks guard Donte DiVincenzo reacts after knocking down a 3-pointer during overtime Sunday at the Garden. P.A.

He sat for 30 seconds at the end of the first quarter, returned to start the second and never returned to the bench again.

“It was actually good,” DiVincenzo, who erased Evan Fournier’s previous Knicks single-season record in 3 seconds, said of his minutes. “Now we’re in the playoffs and we’re all locked in and there’s no back-to-back.”

The Knicks, who earned the No. 2 seed, will face the winner of Wednesday’s play-in game between the No. 7 Sixers and the No. 8 Heat.

Donte DiVincenzo’s girlfriend announced the birth of their son
on Instagram. Screenshot via X/@NBA_NewYork

If it comes to the Sixers, DiVincenzo, a Delaware product, will have games near his family and in his college town, Villanova.

“Hell yeah (that would be cool),” DiVincenzo said. “The family is there. So obviously we (myself, Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart) went to school in Philadelphia. So it doesn’t matter who we play. But if it’s Philly, it’ll be fun.

DiVincenzo’s girlfriend, Morgan Calantoni, posted photos of their new baby on Instagram on Sunday afternoon.

“Life is so much sweeter with you,” Calantoni wrote.

Brunson recorded his 11th 40-point game of the season on Sunday, tying Patrick Ewing for second in franchise history.

Bernard King still holds the record with 13 40-point games in 1984-85.

Brunson, who has emerged as a fringe MVP candidate and is expected to make the All-NBA second team, finished averaging 28.7 points on 48 percent shooting — he is tied with Carmelo Anthony for third-highest points by game in a season as a Knick, behind only King (32.9) and Richie Guerin (29.5).

Knicks guard Jalen Brunson makes a move on the baseline as the Bulls defend Sunday at the Garden. Jason Szenes

Asked to reflect on his campaign, Brunson said, “It’s not finished yet, so I’ll evaluate when I’m done.” »

Tom Thibodeau, a Knicks assistant coach under Jeff Van Gundy, compared Brunson to Ewing.

“When I was hired by Jeff on the first day of summer, it was nine in the morning and Patrick was already there,” Thibodeau said. “Patrick wasn’t running around telling people how hard he worked, you saw him every day. If you’re new to the organization, you say, “This is how we do things.”

“I think the same thing is true (with Jalen). As soon as we signed Jalen, he was in the gym immediately. You can come any day in the summer, and it arrives at the same time. Full speed, full focus, no fake-gram, no Instagram or whatever they call it.

Brunson, it should be noted, has an Instagram account and a podcast.

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