(CHARLOTTE) — Deron Williams scored a franchise record of 57 points, leading the New Jersey Nets (12-26) to a 104-101 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats (4-31).
Williams broke the old team record of 52 points set by Mike Newlin and Ray Williams.
“He was really aggressive,” Nets coach Avery Johnson said. “We kept running plays for him. Every time coming out of the timeout was for him.”
“He just had great energy on both ends of the floor. I think this is the highest individual point total this year and the highest in Nets’ history. It’s unbelievable, it’s just a great performance,” he continued.
It didn’t go well for the Nets’ Center Brook Lopez, who had been out since Feb. 19 with a broken right foot. He rolled his ankle and left the locker room on crutches. He had an X-ray and will be reevaluated on Monday.
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