The Atlanta Hawks has once again tied the series with the No. 1 seed Chicago Bulls following a dominant home stand Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Playoff second round.
The score was locked at 80 with five minutes left in the game, but the Hawks then went on a 20-8 run to seal the series-tying win. The Hawks leaned on veteran forward Josh Smith, who nearly recorded a triple-double by posting 23 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists.
“When Josh plays like he played tonight, we’re good. We’re really good. And Josh knows this,” said Hawks coach Larry Drew. “He has the ability to impact the game on both sides of the court. And we depend on him to do that for us.”
ATL guard Joe Johnson added 24 points with five assists, while Al Hartford scored 20 points; Jeff Teague added 12 points, including some big shots made down the stretch that helped Atlanta outscore Chicago, 20-8, in the final five minutes of the game.
Chicago’s Derrick Rose scored a game-high 34 points and 10 assists in the loss.
Game 5 of the best-of-seven series tips off Tuesday, May 10 at 8 p.m. aired on TNT.