The Atlanta Hawks came into Game 4 looking like a one-hit wonder, but kept it close against the Chicago Bulls Sunday night before exploding late in the fourth to take a 100-88 victory. Jeff Teague hit the dagger with just over a minute left to give the Hawks a 10-point margin.
Josh Smith played one of his best games ever despite earning Charles Barkley's halftime Dumbie Helmet award for his shot selection. He finished with 23 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and a steal, and probably would've either gotten that triple double or finished with almost 30 points had he avoided taking those long-range jumpers.
Chicago struggled from beyond the arc all night, hitting only three of their 16 attempts. Derrick Rose again blew up, posting 34 points and 10 rebounds, but Atlanta asserted itself on the boards and in the paint like it hasn't so far this series.
There was some suspect officiating down the stretch, as Rose appeared to be called for a foul while shooting a three, but referee Bennett Salvatore waved it off, saying an inadvertent whistle had already blown the play dead. The foul would've been worth 12 free throws, of course, so the fix is in. That's not true.
Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday night in Chicago, and tonight's win ensures a Game 6 in Atlanta.
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