After a game 3 win and possible momentum shift, the Atlanta Hawks were looking to even the series at 2 games a piece.
The Miami Heat had other plans.
On Sunday. the Heat responded in a big way by defeating the Atlanta Hawks 110-86 and now lead the series 3-1.
Jimmy Butler led the way with another monster performance as he finished with 36 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals.
The one they call “Jimmy Buckets” has continued to quiet the naysayers and has become the driving force for the Heat in the first round of the playoffs.
The Heat trailed by one point going into the second quarter and despite getting outshot at the 3 point line, they continued to dominate the paint,
make free throws, and limit turnovers (6) in their game 4 rout of Atlanta.
PJ Tucker continued to be the dependable veteran presence that a young Heat roster needed. Tucker added 14 points, 8 rebounds and was chippy on both sides of the ball. The 36-year-old forward also provided a type of toughness that we’re used to seeing from guys like Udonis Haslem and Juwan Howard in years past.
The Heat defense continued to smother the Hawks as All-Star Trae Young had a playoff-low 9 points on 3-11 shooting.
The Hawks were also ineffective from the charity strip shooting a season low 55%.
Max Strus continued to shoot well from distance by adding 12 points and Bam Adebayo did most of his work from inside finishing with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
We also got our first Victor Oladipo playoff appearance as the veteran guard contributed 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Heat are officially in the drivers seat and will look to close out the series in 5 games as they face the Hawks at home on Tuesday at 7pm.
If the Heat close out the series on Tuesday, they will then face the winner of Philadelphia and Toronto. The 76ers currently lead the series (3-1)