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Williams, Brooklyn rout Chicago in Game 1
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On April 20, 2013 @ 11:00 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by USA TODAY Sports staff and wire, USA TODAY
It seems like a long time ago that Deron Williams was considered a disappointment, an overpaid and underperforming player for the Brooklyn Nets.
After Saturday’s performance at the Barclays Center, that might not come up again.
Williams finished with 22 points and seven assists as the Nets emphatically beat the Chicago Bulls 106-89 to take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first round series.
The moment of the game came near the end of the third quarter when Williams ripped the ball away from Luol Deng, broke away from everyone and scored on a reverse dunk.
It was that kind of night for the Nets, who led by 25 at halftime and pretty much poured it on in the fourth quarter.
Chicago is a team with a reputation of playing good defense and yet the Nets shot 56% from the floor The issue for the Bulls was not only couldn’t they stop Brooklyn, but with the exception of Carlos Boozer — who was aggressively driving to the basket and was consistent with his shooting and finished with 25 points — they couldn’t get anything going offensively.
Nets center Brook Lopez had 21 points and power forward Reggie Evans had 13 rebounds. Joe Johnson had 16.
The Nets kept a double digit lead for 32 minutes of the game and led by as many as 28.
This was the first postseason professional sports game in Brooklyn since Oct. 10, 1956 when the New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 9-0 in Game 7 of the World Series.
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