Williams sets Nets mark with 57 points
Deron Williams scored a career-high and franchise record 57 points as the visiting New Jersey Nets came from behind to hand the Charlotte Bobcats their fifth consecutive setback 104-101. Williams added seven assists and six rebounds while going 16 for 29 from the field and 21 of 21 from the free-throw line.
The previous franchise record of 52 points was shared by Mike Newlin and Ray Richardson. Williams eclipsed his previous high of 42 points, set against Oklahoma City in April 2010. Kris Humphries chipped in 11 points and 13 rebounds as the only other player in double figures for the Nets, who lost Brook Lopez to injury in the first half. The Bobcats led by as much as 53-37 late in the second quarter before New Jersey began to bounce back. Williams led an 8-0 burst closing the half to cut it to 53-45 at the break and the Nets controlled the third quarter. Williams scored 22 points in the third, giving New Jersey a 73-72 lead heading into the final frame. Williams had an answer for every Charlotte run in the fourth, including a step-back jumper with 1:16 left after the Bobcats had cut it to 96-94. Williams hit two more free throws and Marshon Brooks split a pair to put the game away. Corey Maggette scored 24 points to lead Charlotte.