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GAME 38: NETS 104, BOBCATS 101

Time Warner Cable Arena
March 4, 2012

Williams scores 57 as Nets dump Bobcats

CHARLOTTEDeron Williams scored a franchise-record 57 points to lift the NETS to a 104-101 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night.

Williams, who came into the game averaging 21.7 points per game, shot 16 of 29 from the field and was a perfect 21 for 21 from the free-throw line.

Williams' broke the franchise's previous mark of 52 points, shared by Mike Newlin and Micheal Ray Richardson. It was the second-most points scored against the Bobcats, one shy of Kobe Bryant's 58 in 2006.

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


TURNING POINT: The Bobcats had a 16-point lead late in the second quarter, which the Nets whittled down to nine at the half. When Kemba Walker came on after D.J. Augustin picked up his fourth foul with 7:03 remaining in the third quarter, Deron Williams scored the next 15 points for the Nets, giving the visitors a five-point lead.

THE STAT: The 57 points scored by Williams was the second-most ever against the Bobcats. Kobe Bryant put up 58 against Charlotte on December 29, 2006.

For more, read Brian Joura's notebook

NETS NOTES Deron Williams is the first player to score at least 57 points in an NBA game since Kobe Bryant scored 61 at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 2, 2009. Before Bryant scored 61, the last player to score that many in a game was Gilbert Arenas, who tallied 60 in an overtime win against the Lakers in December 2006...Williams played 38 minutes for the Nets on Sunday night in Charlotte. Williams and Kobe Bryant are the only two players to score 57-or-more points in less than 40 minutes of action since Reggie Miller tallied 57 points in 38 minutes against the Hornets in 1992...Only one other player in NBA history has made more than 20 foul shots in one game without a miss. Dominique Wilkins made all 23 of his free throws in a 42-point performance against the Bulls in 1992...Deron Williams added 7 assists to his stat line, making him one of only four players in the last 25 seasons with at least 57 points and 7 assists in a single game.

F Kris Humphries posted yet another double-double, this time posting 13 points and 11 rebounds...F-C Shelden Williams added 10 points and 5 boards in 20 minutes off the bench...C Brook Lopez rolled his right ankle in the third quarter and did not return. HIs status will be updated upon further examination.


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Deron Williams
38 MIN
57 PTS, 7 AST
16-29 FGs, 4-11 3Ps
21-21 FTs, 6 REB

Avery Johnson
On Deron's 57-point performance:

"I cant think of many (better). Obviously, the guy that owns this team (Michael Jordan), when he was playing. I have seen quite a few of his great performances, but this one ranks right up there with it. I am glad to have been Deron's coach tonight and a part of this historic performance."

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