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January 13, 2012
Williams, Nets beat short-handed Suns
PHOENIX—The Phoenix Suns were missing their star point guard, Steve Nash. The Nets had theirs, and he was at his best.
Deron Williams had 35 points, his most since coming to New Jersey at last season's trade deadline, and 14 assists as the Nets held off the short-handed Suns 110-103 Friday night for just their third victory in 12 games this season.
Williams said it was his best game "by far" since coming to the Nets from the Utah Jazz.
For more, read Bob Baum's AP game recap: Click Here
or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.
NETS-SUNS LIVE FEED
THE STAT: Deron Williams had the NBA's first game of at least 35 points and 14 assists in nearly two years. The last time it happened was Feb. 18, 2010, when LeBron James had 43 points and 15 assists for Cleveland.
TURNING POINT: The Nets had 22-point bookends in the first and fourth quarters but scored 66 points in the middle two quarters to lead by as many as 12. Without Steve Nash and Grant Hill to close the first half or start the second, the Suns fell behind by 12 and never caught up.
For more, read Jerry Brown's NBA.com notebook: Click Here
NETS NOTES Rookie G MarShon Brooks added 20 points (8-15 FGs), 5 rebounds, 3 steals and a block...G Anthony Morrow again shot well from three-point range, connecting on 4-of-7 attempts...The Nets collected their first win in Phoenix and first victory against the Suns overall since Nov. 30, 2008. Phoenix had won four straight and nine of the previous 10 matchups entering tonight.
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|LINE OF THE NIGHT|
35 PTS, 14 AST, 2 TO
11-18 FGs, 6-9 3Ps
|On Deron Williams:
"Deron was just super tonight on both ends of the floor. He scored it, he passed it, but also when we needed stops, we put him on the guy on their perimeter that was hurting us the most."