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Full steam ahead for Game 4.

NBA: Playoffs-New York Knicks at Atlanta Hawks Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks took a 2-1 lead over the New York Knicks in a Game 3 win Friday night in State Farm Arena, handling the Knicks 105-94 behind a 22-3 second quarter run. Trae Young led the way with 21 points and 14 assists in the victory to give the Hawks the series lead.

The Knicks will be desperate for a win Sunday afternoon’s Game 4, in an effort to avoid going down 3-1 in the series. Julius Randle continue to struggle for New York in Game 3, shooting 2-of-15 from the floor in the loss. Derrick Rose has been the lone offensive bright spot for much of the series, scoring 30 points as he moved into the starting lineup for Game 3.

Atlanta has a great opportunity to take full control of the series on their home floor, as a Game 4 win on Sunday would obviously give them up to three chances to close out the series and advance to the second round. The Hawks seemed to enjoy a homecourt advantage in a rocking State Farm Arena on Friday after playing two tightly contested games in Madison Square Garden earlier in the series.

The Hawks controlled the second half of Game 3 in a way that neither team had controlled a game yet in the series. They led by upwards of 15 points for much of the second half, and the game was never in much doubt after halftime.

Injuries

The Hawks will remain without Cam Reddish (Achilles) and Brandon Goodwin (out for season) and the rest of their injury report remains clear.

New York lists Mitchell Robinson (foot) as out.

The Line

The Hawks open as 4.5-point favorites over the Knicks for Sunday’s tilt, a number that is very similar to what we saw Friday evening for Game 3.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Sunday, May 30, 1:00 pm ET

Location: State Farm Arena

TV: ABC

Radio: 92.9 The Game (Atlanta); Hawks Radio Network

Streaming: Watch ESPN