Friday night, prior to his team's Game 3 loss to the Bulls, Hawks reserve forward Damien Wilkins marveled at teammate Josh Smith's physical gifts.

Said Wilkins, "He could be one of those guys that could average a triple-double if he wanted to."

Sunday night, with his team needing him to deliver, Smith nearly proved Wilkins a prophet. In arguably the most important playoff game of his career, Smith went bananas.

As the Hawks pulled out Game 4, Smith put his imprint all over the Philips Arena floor, scoring 23 points to go with 16 rebounds and eight assists.

"I thought Josh played a phenomenal game," coach Larry Drew said.

Smith's performance, along with the Hawks' improved defensive effort on league MVP Derrick Rose, leveled the series at 2 and secured a return to Philips for Game 6.

Smith finished the game on a tear. In the fourth quarter, he scored 11 points on 4-of-7 shooting with five rebounds and two assists as the Hawks outscored the Bulls 33-19. He roved on defense, challenging shots, grabbing rebounds and starting the break.