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GAME 34: NETS 100, KNICKS 92

Madison Square Garden
February 20, 2012

Williams has 38, Nets handle Linsanity
NEW YORKLinsanity started against the Nets.

This time, All-Star guard Deron Williams was determined not to be embarrassed by the Harvard guy again.

Williams scored a season-high 38 points, outplaying Jeremy Lin and leading the Nets to a 100-92 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

For more, read Brian Mahoney's AP game recap: Click Here
or view the TV Companion enhanced box score.


THE STAT: Thanks to a combination of Jeremy Lin, Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks raced out to a 13-3 lead less than five minutes into the game. The Nets were able to get back in the game thanks to some hot 3-point shooting. In the first quarter alone, they shot 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. The hot shooting started there and never stopped as the Nets went 9-for-16 from deep in the first half and 15-for-31 for the game.

HOT: Whether or not Deron Williams felt there was a point to be made given the perception that he unintentionally started Linsanity 16 days ago, Williams made definitely made a point. At one juncture of the third quarter with the Nets leading 69-59, Williams hit a 3-pointer with J.R. Smith's hand in his face and followed that by pulling up for another 3-pointer in transition the next time down. The transition trey extended the Nets' lead to 75-59 with 2:48 to go in the third.

For more, read the's notebook: Click Here

NETS NOTES When Deron Williams, limited by foul trouble, played only 2:20 in the final period before fouling out with 3:07 to play, the Nets were able to keep and even extend the lead despite a Knicks push. Avery Johnson credited backup point guard Sundiata Gaines, recently pressed into action following Jordan Farmar's groin strain, with keeping the team afloat:

"The guy that did it for us is Sundiata Gaines. He attacked for us, he played great defense during that stretch. So as much as Derons going to be a big headline tonight, which he very well should be, Gaines closed the game for us."

Gaines finished with 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 16 minutes off the bench...F Kris Humphries, playing an astounding 44 minutes on the final night of a back-to-back-to-back set, posted yet another double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds...Rookie G MarShon Brooks sneakily posted an impressive line: 18 points (7-15 FGs), 3 rebounds, 5 assists...F-C Shelden Williams, starting with Brook Lopez being rested, pulled down 10 rebounds his third game in four with double-digit boards. (He had 9 in the other.)


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Deron Williams
34 MIN
38 PTS, 6 AST
4 REB, 10-22 FGs
8-14 3Ps, 10-12 FTs

Avery Johnson
On Deron's performance:

"Deron was on fire. We told him, even this morning: If youve got some looks at 3s, just take em. We know you can make them, but just be aggressive. And if their point guards not on you, well try to figure a way to get him back on you so you can attack.'"

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