A crucial game four for both teams, results in the Celtics creating a series tie, 2-2.
After the Hawks brutal loss in Boston for game three, they looked to claim control of the series with a third win against the Celtics in game four.
The arena was loud coming out and the Celtics seemed to have excessive energy as the game began. The Hawks were down early in the 1st quarter but bounced back with Millsap first three pointer of the night, but certainly not his last. Boston had a 9-0 lead with minutes left in the 1st quarter as Schroder showed little ball security. As the quarter was coming to an end Millsap made a much needed shot with 1 second on the clock to cut Boston lead to 3, the score being 24-21
The Hawks were playing sloppy in the second quarter. 7 Atlanta turnovers resulted in 12 Boston points. The Celtics were getting easy baskets, Isaiah Thomas was penetrating the lane and finding the open man. The score continued to stay close as neither team seemed to find a definite rhythm throughout. Millsap started to show what he was made of by making three after three. To finish off the first half, Schroder got a technical, but Thomas missed both shots and the Hawks went into the locker room up 48-46.
The Hawks came out in the third quarter with energy, especially Millsap, after he put up 26 points in the first quarter.The Hawks lead increased to 10 as they kept Thomas from the basket. The Hawks heated up and had a lead of 16 at one point during the quarter. But, with Thomas getting back in his groove in the paint and Jonas Jerebko getting a couple threes, the hawks lead was diminished to three points ending the quarter.
The Celtics were ready to finish things as the fourth quarter began. Marcus Smart was offensively the power house this quarter, scoring 11 points. The score seemed to be back and forth as the quarter continued. Neither team really allowed much of a lead. It looked to be Teague time towards the end of the game as he hit two back to back threes. The lead was eliminated when Thomas made a driving layup to tie the game with 15 seconds on the clock. What happened next will be the subject of frustrated Hawks fan for quite a while, particularly if the Hawks do not turn it around to win the series. Teague essentially did the same thing he did two weeks ago against the Cavs. He dribbled the clock out standing at the top of the key to end regulation and go into overtime.
Overtime began with the Hawks getting the ball. The Celtics broke the tie with two shots by Amir Johnson. The Hawks did not make much at all as overtime was in motion. As time was running out and the Hawks were falling apart, Isaiah Thomas continued to shine. The Hawks just could not finish and the Celtics took away the 104-95 OT win.
Yet, Paul Millsap had the game of his career, scoring an amazing 45 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 blocks. This has only been done two other times in NBA playoff history.
The Hawks are back home in Phillips Arena on Tuesday for game 5 to try and regain the series lead.