The Hawks will look to wrap up their first playoff series victory since 2016 when they travel to Madison Square Garden for Game 5 mercoledì sera.
Atlanta took control in the third quarter, stretching a four-point edge at the half to an 88-71 lead going to the final period.
After struggling to hit shots, Atlanta suddenly found its range. The Hawks went 10 di 19 in the period, Compreso 5 di 9 beyond the arc. Young scored nine points, Collins added seven and Bogdan Bogdanovic closed out the third with a 3-pointer that had the big crowd bouncing in their seats.
Randle was serenaded again by chants of “Overrated! Overrated! Overrated!” every time he put one up. The roars were deafening after a sequence in the third when Randle missed on a drive and had a put-back rim out before the Knicks knocked the ball out of bounds.
Randle’s frustration boiled over less than a minute later when he slammed Collins to the court on another drive. Nothing was called initially, but Randle was assessed an offensive foul after a video review prompted by a challenge from Hawks coach Nate McMillan.
Collins was caught in the face, forcing him to the locker room for stitches. He was able to return to the game in the fourth quarter.
Young led the way, as usual, but he had plenty of help. Six players scored in double figures, including Danilo Gallinari with 21, and a half-dozen knocked down 3-pointers.
Randle did have his highest-scoring game of the series with 23 punti, but he was just 7 di 19 from the field and found himself surrounded by black-clad players every time he touched the ball.
Derrick Rose, making his second straight start for the Knicks, got off to another strong start but wasn’t much of a factor the rest of the way. He finished with 18 punti.
The hefty contingent of New York fans began streaming toward the exits in the closing minutes. The Hawks were able to clear their bench in the final minutes, giving some little-used players a chance to get some playoff experience.
Atlanta has never been viewed as one of the NBA’s toughest venues, 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 State Farm Arena, the league’s best home record during that span.
FREE THROW CHECK
The Knicks had a huge edge in free throws in Game 3, colpire 27 di 30 at the line compared to 5 di 8 for the Hawks.
The calls went Atlanta’s way in Game 4. The Hawks were 26 di 28 from the line, while New York was 19 di 23.
The Knicks have still been the line more in the series, making 74 di 91. The Hawks are 60 di 70.
Knicks: New York’s frustration was evident when Reggie Bullock picked up a technical in the closing minutes after lingering near the Hawks huddle heading into a timeout. He had to be pulled toward his own bench by his teammates. … Bullock has reason to be frustrated. He had zero points and just four rebounds in nearly 34 minuti. … RJ Barrett scored 21 punti.
Falchi: C Clint Capela reached double figures in rebounds (15) for the fourth straight time in the series and 30th time in his postseason career. … Bogdanovic scored 12 points — all of them on 3-pointers.