Williams outshines Lin, Nets knocks out Knicks
DPA LOS ANGELES
SHOWN up in Jeremy Lin’s coming-out party, Deron Williams put on a show of his own in the rematch. Williams fired in a career-best eight threes en route to a seasonhigh 38 points to outshine Lin as the visiting New Jersey Nets beat the New York Knicks, 100-92 on Monday night.
”We had this game circled,” Williams said. “The way everything’s been going with the Lin sanity, they’re asking more questions about them than us and it’s been bothering us at shoot-around. I took it personally because it all started with me, so we came away with a good victory.” Lin began his incredible run with 25 points off the bench against the Nets in a 99-92 victory on February 4 and Linsanity was born.
Since being inserted into the rotation, the NBA’s first American Taiwanese player has averaged 25 points and 9.2 assists, sparking the rejuvenated Knicks to eight wins in 10 games.
Lin led the Knicks with 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. All-Star Carmelo Anthony struggled to score 11 points after missing the last seven gamed with a groin strain.
The All-Star guard scored 18 more in the third quarter, including a pair of triples to ignite his own run of 12 straight points in a periodending 13-1 surge to open up a 78-59 cushion. The Knicks got back into the game when Williams went to the benchafter committing his fifth foul with 7 minutes 42 seconds to play,and the Nets holding an 11-point edge.
Stoudemire’s three-point play cut the deficit to 85-77.
The Nets responded quickly ran the lead up to 13 on Kris Humphries’ three-point play, ending a five-game slide against theircross-river rivals.
Marshon Brooks scored 18 points while Humphries finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds for New Jersey, which knocked down a sizzling 15-of-31 from behind the arc.
San Antonio Spurs 106, Utah Jazz 102: Frenchman Tony Parker scored 23 points, and Richard Jefferson’s three-pointer with 6.5 seconds left, sent the visiting Spurs to their NBA season- high 11th consecutive victory while handing the Jazz its fifth straight loss.
Chicago Bulls 90, Atlanta Hawks 79: League most valuable player Derrick Rose scored 23 points after missing five games because of back pain, leading the Bulls past the visiting Hawks.
Oklahoma City 101, New Orleans Hornets 93: Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 31 points apiece, carrying the Thunder to its 10th straight home win while snapping the Hornets’ season-high three-game winning streak.
Dallas Mavericks 89, Boston Celtics 73: Nowitzki tossed in 26 points to move into NBA’s top 20 career scoring list and grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds, as the Mavericks won for the seventh time in the last eight games by beating the visiting Celtics, who played without suspended starters Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett.
Denver Nuggets 103, Minnesota Timberwolves 101 (OT): Al Harrington scored a season- high 31 points, and Arron Afflalo hit the tie-breaking runner with 33.7 seconds left in overtime as the Nuggets beat the visiting Timberwolves for the 17th time in 18 games.