Trae Young and John Collins combined for 49 points as the Hawks broke out in the third quarter to eventually take Game 4 against the New York Knicks 113-96. Atlanta now has a 3-1 lead in the series and can close things out in Game 5 at Madison Square Garden.
Young struggled from the floor, going 9-21 but still managed to net 27 points and dish nine assists. Collins was efficient, going 6-10 from the floor for 22 points. The Hawks were also buoyed by their 3-point shooting, hitting 15 triples compared to New York’s nine.
After going into halftime with a 53-49 lead, the Hawks immediately took control with a 15-5 run to open the second half. The Knicks cut the deficit to 68-61 on a layup from Taj Gibson, but Atlanta closed the quarter on a 20-10 advantage with Bogdan Bogdanovic hitting a triple to close out the frame.
Julius Randle had 23 points, seven assists and 10 rebounds but went 7-19 from the field. Derrick Rose and RJ Barrett combined to add 39 points but the real issue was New York’s failure to defend the 3-point line. The Hawks hit 16 triples in a Game 3 win and added 15 in Game 4. If the Knicks continue to give up open perimeter shots, this series will be over sooner than expected.
Game 5 is June 2 in New York.