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And it's what has made the past three years all the more confusing to watch unfold this way.
Obviously the Nets building around him hasn't worked out. But games like this were why everyone thought he was a top 10 player at one time.
This game was also the latest example of how absolutely baffling this Nets team has been all season long. Never know what you'll get.
There aren't many players who could play the way Deron Williams did tonight. Games like this show you why the Nets built around him.
As someone who has watched the vast majority of his games up close the past four years, this is the kind of performance he's capable of.
Tonight's performance from Deron Williams is why the ups-and-downs of the past three years have been so unbelievably confounding to watch.
And finally, from Coach Budenholzer after Game 3: "It's going to be a series." Now it IS a series and the Nets have shocked the NBA.
Mike Budenholzer:"We go into the game w/ a lot of respect for D.Williams," he continued."A lot of respect for Deron & what he's capable of."
Some of you said the Nets championship parade should go down 4th avenue. Interesting idea, but I’d be worried about a 2-lane road
35 points for Deron Williams is the most he’s scored in a game since March 8, 2013.
Boj.Bogdanovic: "I want to thank the fans that stayed behind us, supporting us, and I hope that next game they're going to be the same way."
Hollins on DW: "The kid has overcome a lot of adversity. He had a lot of adversity with the injuries & w/ the negativity around his name."
Kyle Korver on DWill: "He played great. I played with Deron in Utah for a few years and that's the Deron I remember."
Zombies can be fun sometimes.
"What He's Capable Of…": The Deron Williams Story
Jeff Teague gives credit to Nets fans, says "the home crowd did a great job tonight."
Deron: "It's definitely gratifying to have a game like this at this moment in time."
Deron said his teammates having his back "definitely fueled me tonight."
Deron said it means a lot to him that Lionel Hollins came out and staunchly defended him yesterday. Said he thanked Hollins today.
Hollins smiled and said he learned that line from Cotton Fitzsimmons.
"It's the only way to respond," Hollins said of Williams. "You guys buy your ink by the barrel so it doesn't do any good to respond to you."
Lionel Hollins: "To me, this is what playing is all about."
Tonight proved it perfect: This Nets team goes wherever Deron Williams takes them. Like it or not...
Best win since we have been in Brooklyn . Playoffs only in Brooklyn.
Hey Chris Webber... Are the Nets still a "bad" team?
LeSean McCoy to a friend of his, as he walks by press row: "Yo, that was crazy, dog!" Hard to argue with that, Shady.
Series now even at 2-2. Game 5 comes in ATL Wednesday.
Welp, the Nets win. Series tied 2-2. Game 5 is Wednesday and Game 6 is back in Brooklyn on Friday.
Nets win, 120-115. Deron Williams has 35 points, and we have ourselves a series.
Korver just had 3 shots at it and missed them all. D-Will to the line with a chance to seal it...
Of course, Deron Williams with the biggest rebound of the game.
Nets again fail to get an offensive rebound – twice. Hawks ball down three with 25.1 seconds left.
Korver fails to hit form Bushwick. But offensive rebounds. Offensive rebounds. Offensive rebounds.
I’m never drinking basketball again
Nets crowd gets burned a lot, but they've been fantastic tonight. Shout out to them.
Joe Johnson with a spectacular pass to Thaddeus Young, who hits the shot and is fouled. Chance to make it a four-point game, but he misses.
Brook Lopez with a perfect assist. What a read.
Millsap hits a 3, Lopez hits an and-one layup off a broken play. 111-111.
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez now both have five fouls.
Five fouls now on Brook Lopez and Deron Williams.
The Hawks decided they could run an even worse play than the Nets. What the hell was that.
To overtime we go...
Yeah, that was odd to take it so early.
Deron Williams has been incredible, but that wasn't good at all. You cannot give the Hawks the final shot in that situation.
Hawks get rebound after Williams misses with 6.5 seconds left. Didn’t need to rush.
Bojan let Paul Millsap get to basket uncontested and game is tied at 104-104 with 16.4 seconds left.
Deron Jesus time?