Ben Couch · (@viewfromcouch)
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By Ben Couch (@viewfromcouch)
DETROIT—Just 2 ½ minutes into Wednesday’s 93-90 victory against Detroit, Deron Williams drove middle, drawing three Pistons defenders to a spot just left of the paint. Forward Gerald Wallace wisely made a zipper cut out of the restricted area, drifting toward the open spot created on the right wing and turning to face the basket.
The pass was already arriving.
Wallace caught it in rhythm, launching a 22-foot jumper that looked good from the release. The assist, the first credited to Williams on Wednesday, was the 5,000th of his career. He becomes the 56th player in league history to achieve the milestone, doing so in just 554 games and becoming the third-fastest active player to do so, following Jason Kidd and Chris Paul, and only the seventh since 1985-86 to come in under 600 games.
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Deron Williams' 1st assist of the game was the 5,000th of his career. He becomes the 56th player in league history to achieve the mark, and just the seventh since 1985-86 to do so in fewer than 600 games (554). He finished the game with 9 assists, and is averaging a team-high 7.7 per game this year...Brook Lopez posted Greg Monroe, backing him in for a layup with 17 seconds remaining that proved crucial to the Nets' holding on for the victory. It was the same play that resulted in Joe Johnson's go-ahead shot against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden two weeks ago.
Brooklyn Nets (29-20)
|G · Deron Williams||G · Joe Johnson||F · Gerald Wallace||F · Reggie Evans||C · Brook Lopez|
Toko Shengelia (concussion) is OUT.
Detroit Pistons (18-32)
|G · Jose Calderon||G · Brandon Knight||F · Kyle Singler||F · Jason Maxiell||C · Greg Monroe|
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|5,000th Career Assist
12 PTS, 9 AST
4-10 FGs, 4-4 FTs
|On Brook's big shot:
"Deron told him before we came to him, if you go up, go up strong; if you can dunk it try. He caught it in the post and made a strong move. That's what we expect out of our All-Star.
"You never know who's going to take the last shot on this team. That's the great thing about it."