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Trae Young scored 27 points, John Collins added 22 despite a blow on the lip, and the Hawks once again frustrated Julius Randle and the New York Knicks, retiring in the second half for a 113-96 win on Sunday, the Atlanta a sovereign 3 gave 1 lead in the series.
The Hawks will look to celebrate their first win in the playoff series since 2016 when they travel to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 on Wednesday night.
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Atlanta took control in the third quarter, building a four-point lead in half to 88-71, which led to the finals.
After struggling to get gunshots, Atlanta suddenly found its range. The Hawks went 10 out of 19 in the period, including 5 out of 9 over the arch. Young scored nine points, Collins added seven and Bogdan Bogdanovic finished third with a 3-pointer that had the great crowd jump in their seats.
Randle was again chanted by “Overrated! Overrated! Overrated!” every time he put one up. The roar was deafening after a sequence in the third when Randle missed a ride and had a set back rim before the Knicks got the ball out of play.
Randle’s frustration boiled over less than a minute later when he slammed Collins into the square on another ride. Nothing was mentioned initially, but Randle was classified as an offensive foul following a video review sparked by a challenge from Hawks trainer Nate McMillan.
Collins was caught in the face and forced him into the locker room for stitches. He was able to return to the game in the fourth quarter.
Young led the way, as always, but had a lot of help. Six players posted double-digit results, including Danilo Gallinari at 21 and a half dozen with 3 pointers.
Randle had his highest-scoring game of the series at 23 points, but he was only 7 out of 19 off the field and was surrounded by black-clad players every time he touched the ball.
Making his second straight start for the Knicks, Derrick Rose had another strong start but wasn’t a big factor the rest of the way. He finished with 18 points.
The strong contingent of New York fans flocked to the exits in the last few minutes. The Hawks were able to vacate their bench in the last few minutes and give some underused players the opportunity to gain playoff experience.
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Atlanta has never been considered one of the toughest venues in the NBA, but this year’s team is changing that perception.
The Hawks have won 13 consecutive home games dating back to the regular season, the longest active streak in the NBA.
The Hawks are 21-2 in their last 23 games at the State Farm Arena, the best home record in the league of the time.
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The Knicks had a big advantage on free throws in Game 3, hitting 27 out of 30 on the line versus 5 out of 8 in the Hawks.
The calls went down Atlanta’s path in Game 4. The Hawks were 26 of 28 off the line while New York was 19 of 23.
The Knicks were still the line more in the series, making 74 out of 91. The Hawks are 60 out of 70.
Knicks: New York City’s frustration was evident when Reggie Bullock caught a technician in the final minutes after staying near the Hawks on time out. He had to be pulled to his own bench by his teammates. … Bullock has cause for frustration. He had zero points and only four rebounds in almost 34 minutes. … RJ Barrett scored 21 points.
Hawks: C Clint Capela hit double-digit rebounds for the fourth time in a row and 30th time in his postseason career (15). … Bogdanovic scored 12 points – all with 3 pointers.