9 May 2011

Hawks level series 2-all

4:30 pm on 9 May 2011

The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Chicago Bulls 100-88 in game four at home to even their best-of-seven NBA Eastern Conference second-round playoff series at two games apiece.

Atlanta's Josh Smith scored 23 points with 16 rebounds and eight assists and back-up Jeff Teague delivered down the stretch as the Hawks held off the Bulls and their NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose.

The series shifts back to Chicago for game five on Wednesday.

The winner of the series will face either Boston or Miami in the Eastern Conference finals, for a chance to play a team from the West for the NBA crown.