Nets guard scores 38 against Knicks in a game he circled on his calendar for two weeks
NEW YORK — Deron Williams takes full responsibility for Linsanity.
“This all started on me,” the New Jersey Nets star said.
He was ready Monday night when he got another shot at the kid from Harvard.
Williams scored a season-high 38 points, outplaying Jeremy Lin and leading the Nets to a 100-92 victory over the New York Knicks in a game the All-Star guard said was circled on his calendar.
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Lin began his remarkable run against New Jersey, but Williams and the Nets were geared up this time for him and Carmelo Anthony, who returned to the Knicks lineup after missing seven games with a strained right groin.
“I don’t really watch too many games, but I do see Twitter, people tweet me and every, you know, three lines it was ‘Jeremy Lin destroyed Deron Williams,’ ” Williams said. “So I definitely took offense to that in the first game and definitely, like I said, I had it circled.”
Lin finished with 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Lin shot only 7 of 18 and the Knicks lost for the second time in 10 games.
“I think me in particular didn’t come with the defensive energy we needed. Obviously, Deron Williams going for 30-whatever he had is not going to get it done,” Lin said. “So I needed to come out with more energy, the team needed to come out with more energy and I think at the end of the day, I think that’s why the team lost.”
Williams scored 18 in the third quarter, including 12 consecutive Nets points.
“I don’t think Deron Williams needs much of a prod,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. “That’s one of the best guards in the league. Jeremy still got 21 and nine. He had a great game, good game. Deron had a great game and that’ll be that way sometimes.”
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