The New York Knicks played some decent basketball in the first half of Game 4. Sure, they allowed a quick 8-0 Hawks run near the end of the half, but they rallied to find themselves down a mere four points. It was a clear step up from the way they had been getting embarrassed in second quarters throughout much of this series. All they needed was a spark in the second half, and they would walk away with the road win they absolutely needed.
Instead, the Knicks got boat-raced from the opening minute of the third quarter, as Atlanta took a comfortable lead and waltzed to a 113-96 win.
Perhaps the one saving grace in this one was that RJ Barrett finally hit a few shots: 21 points on 8-15 shooting, 6 rebounds, 4 assists. Julius Randle still shot poorly, and also had several inexcusable lapses on defense. Reggie Bullock was a no-show. The Knicks bench was horrific.
Oh well, on to Game 5. Recap to come.