Deron Williams had a big game last night with 20 points and nine assists to help seal a season sweep of the Orlando Magic 97-77. The Nets were coming off two horrible losses to two good Western Conference teams in Memphis and Houston in which the Nets were manhandled. The Nets needed to right the ship against another below .500 team and set themselves up for the big meeting with the Miami Heat on Wednesday. Williams got them started with a great first quarter and led the way to a blowout win.
Williams may have had a sub-par first half of the season (in his eyes) but he is making a late run at an All-Star selection as a replacement for the injured Rajon Rondo.
Early in the season, Williams was the second-best point guard on the floor on most nights. Lately, that hasn’t been the case.
D-Will followed up a 27-point, 11-assist effort in Houston by pumping in 20 points and 9 assists in just 34 minutes, as the Nets rolled to a 97-77 victory over the hapless Orlando Magic on Monday night at Barclays Center.
“We needed this win,” Williams said. “We needed to stop the bleeding.”
Williams served as a one-man tourniquet in the first quarter. He had 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting and the Nets jumped out to a 30-20 lead. Other than their nine-turnover third quarter, it was mostly easy from there.
“It wasn’t my plan or anything,” said Williams, who has scored 33 first-quarter points in his last two games on 12-for-13 shooting. “I just got going early.”