The team seemed to have a focus and identity with him running the show. The first half it was extremely evident as the Celtics ran out to a 14-5 lead and then it was like a light switch went on for Williams. He started to run and get the Nets into early offense and they ran off a 30-10 run to go into half with a 56-47 lead.
That hasn't happened much this season, folks.
Everything was different about the game for Brooklyn with their leader back on the floor calming things down and hitting tough shots. D-Will hit at least five baskets in the painted area and did not show any hesitation at all after missing nine straight games. \He played 36 minutes which was much more than the projected 24 minutes he was scheduled for, but the win was more important to Jason Kidd and the Nets, and Deron was able to rise to the challenge. He ended up with 25 points, his season high, on 10-for-16 shooting and dished out seven assists to lead his team to the first two-game winning streak of the season.
And the best part? Williams showed no ill effects from the lingering ankle injuries. He moved very well laterally and had no trouble breaking on opposing defenders and finishing at the hoop. So rest easy, Nets fans. It looks like the rudder of the ship has shown up, and he looks mad at all the recent criticism he has been hearing in the media. That can only help the Nets to have a chip on his shoulder and hopefully this effort can be maintained and isn't a one game illusion.