Deron Williams Scores Career-Best 57 Points, Sets Nets Franchise Record
New Jersey Nets’ star guard, Deron Williams, had a huge night in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday evening (March 4), scoring a franchise-record 57 points to lead his team to a 104-101 victory over the Bobcats.
“I’m used to getting double-teamed on those. It’s kind of refreshing not to be,” he said.
Williams’ 57-point game is the most scored this NBA season, and breaks the team record of 52 points shared by Mike Newlin and Ray Williams. And, is the second-most points scored against the Bobcats, one shy of Kobe Bryant’s 58 in 2006.
It was the NBA star’s career-best game performance as well, his previous best being 42 against Oklahoma City back in April 2010.
Although it was a monster game, his teammates said (after the game) that they actually had to tell Williams that he had 39 points at the end of the third quarter. He says he didn’t even know.
“You really don’t pay attention to it,” Williams said. “It’s just one of those games where you start feeling good and let it go.”
Coach Avery Johnson applauded his star’s effort unbelievable, saying it was unbelievable.
“He really was focused,” Johnson said. “He was well-rested. He made a lot of shots yesterday in our mini-practice and it carried over into tonight’s game. We were going back and forth on whether to have a shoot-around this morning and we opted for rest. And he was pretty fresh.”
Williams’ 57 points was more than the rest of his teammates scored combined. He went 16-29, while his teammates shot 17-39 with 47 points.
Despite the effort, the Nets are struggling, 18.5 games back in the Eastern Conference with a record of 12-26.
As reported by BallerStatus