Deron Williams came to play Wednesday, leading the Nets to a 113-96 win over the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. He was unstoppable especially in the second half, scoring 26 of his 31 points on 11-of-18 shooting.
Williams, who grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, was perhaps extra motivated to play well in front of friends and family as well as against the team whom he spurned to re-sign with Brooklyn during the offseason. Brook Lopez backed up his point guard by leading all scorers with a season-high 38 points and 11 rebounds. With Lopez and Williams both playing at an all-star level, the Nets can be difficult to deal with come postseason time since they are one of the few teams that can run its offense from the inside out. Kudos to Brooklyn for a quality win against a formidable Western conference opponent. Though unimpressive record-wise (32-36), Dallas still has players of the likes of Dirk Nowitski, Vince Carter and Elton Brand- former all-stars who can still ball. And that’s nothing to sneeze at.
- Deron Williams scores 31 as Nets pound Mavericks (newsday.com)