After missing six games with a wrist injury, Deron Williams was back in the lineup for the New Jersey Nets. Although the Nets took a 68-58 lead at halftime against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, the Knicks were able to rally and defeat the Nets in Williams’ return by a final score of 120-116. The Knicks have now won two in a row, while the Nets have lost four straight.
Leading the way for the Knicks was their Big 3. Carmelo Anthony had 39 points, ten rebounds and five assists on 15-for-26 shooting from the field. He now has 114 points in his last three games. Chauncey Billups, the other player the Knicks acquired from the Denver Nuggets, had his best game for New York — finishing with 33 points, six rebounds and six assists. Amare Stoudemire had 23 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the floor.
In his return, Williams totaled 22 points and eight assists. The Nets were led by Anthony Morrow’s 30 points and also got 26 points and nine rebounds from Brook Lopez.
“They just looked like they wanted it more than we did and we talked about that. We came out immediately in the second half and just kind of turned the tide,” explained Billups.