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Trae Young, Hawks Beat Knicks in Game 4 to Take Commanding 3-1 Series Lead

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 30, 2021

AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

The Atlanta Hawks have a commanding 3-1 series lead over the New York Knicks after a 113-96 Game 4 win Sunday.

Trae Young had 27 points and nine assists to lead his team to a second straight win at State Farm Arena. It put the No. 5 seed one win away from a trip to the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

New York kept pace in the early going thanks to 16 first-half points from Derrick Rose, trailing 53-49 at halftime. The game changed quickly as Atlanta outscored the visitors 35-22 in the third quarter.

The Knicks couldn't keep pace and never got the lead within single digits in the fourth quarter.

Julius Randle had his fourth straight double-double, but New York is still on the brink of elimination after a dream 2020-21 season.


Notable Performances

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Trae Young, PG, ATL: 27 points, 9 assists

John Collins, PF, ATL: 22 points, 8 rebounds

Danilo Gallinari, PF, ATL: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block

Julius Randle, PF, NYK: 23 points, 10 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals

Derrick Rose, PG, NYK: 18 points, 6 assists

RJ Barrett, SG, NYK: 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists


Trae Young Continues to Shine for Hawks

Trae Young has showcased his skill set throughout the series and didn't slow down in Game 4, finishing with 27 points. It was his fourth straight game with at least 20 points to begin his postseason career.

The guard didn't shoot well from the perimeter (4-of-14 from three) but found a way to get shots inside the arc with consistency.

Atlanta Hawks @ATLHawks

15 PTS &amp; 4 AST for Trae at the half. ❄️<br><br>🎥 Presented by @Verizon pic.twitter.com/d6jiDioGMV

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Trae is heating up ♨️<br><br>(Via @nbatv) pic.twitter.com/YsfuNZ5GCE

Robin Lundberg @robinlundberg

Trae Young is getting wherever he wants on the floor.

When the Hawks needed points, Young was there to keep the offense rolling.

Atlanta Hawks @ATLHawks

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It was far from a one-man show Sunday, however, as the team got production from a lot of different sources:

Atlanta Hawks @ATLHawks

9 points in 60 seconds. pic.twitter.com/bacEfLCDqa

ESPN @espn

The Hawks have State Farm Arena ROCKIN 😤 pic.twitter.com/rzc3hcRCY5

John Collins was especially impressive, scoring a playoff-best 22 points and getting baskets even when he faced solid defense.

Atlanta Hawks @ATLHawks

Go off, JC‼️ pic.twitter.com/iMjHEsH8q4

Compared to the Knicks, Atlanta had too many weapons offensively, and it allowed the home team to pull away as the game progressed.


Inefficient Julius Randle Slows Knicks Offense Again

Randle's struggles have been a big story of the series, as he shot just 23.6 percent from the field in the first three games while failing to top 15 points in any of them.

Considering how important the league's Most Improved Player is to the Knicks offense, his sudden disappearance has been brutal.

Anthony Donahue @AnthonyMSG

Julius Randle is playing epically bad. Missed shots, bad turn overs, losing the ball. I’m still riding with our guy but man oh man I can’t believe this.

Kayla Solomon @KSolomonReports

Julius Randle is playing like Charles Barkley when he lost his powers in Space Jam. SICK OF HIM.

Randle filled up the stat sheet in other ways, but his 7-of-19 shooting from the field hurt the team.

The backcourt tried to pick up the slack, with Derrick Rose continuing to thrive since replacing Elfrid Payton in the starting lineup.

Rose and RJ Barrett combined for 39 points and 10 assists while showcasing great chemistry:

NBA @NBA

4 dimes for RJ.<br>10 points for D-Rose.@nyknicks up 1 after 1Q on ABC. #NBAPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/YTUxFZrlz7

NEW YORK KNICKS @nyknicks

Team basketball. pic.twitter.com/GDrO9p44ze

William McFadden @willmcfadden

Derrick Rose has been lights out this whole series. The Roseaissance is on.

This simply wasn't enough, especially with the bench providing little until Obi Toppin's run late in the game. 

With the star player underperforming and limited depth to help out, the Knicks couldn't keep up on the scoreboard.


What's Next?

The series returns to New York for Game 5 on Wednesday.

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