Deron Williams Dominates Game 1 of Nets vs Bulls
With 22 points and 7 assists, Deron Williams led the Brooklyn Nets in smashing the Chicago Bulls with a 106-89 figure in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals last April 20 at Barclays Center.
Deron Williams has erased all doubts that his ankle injuries from a month ago would hinder him from showing off an impressive performance with this year's Playoffs. With a suave two-handed reverse jam that made the crowd roar with delight, anyone would no doubt accept a handful of "I told you so's".
When asked about the dunk after the game, Williams said, "It just happened. I was just trying to show the guys at the NBA that I might be able to compete in the dunk contest next year." Then he added about his injury, "My leg feels good, my ankles feel good right now. I'm excited to be back in the playoffs."
No pressure, Williams, but it's not just the dunk you'll be competing in for sure with that kind of performance. After missing two seasons of playoffs and bypassing painkillers, he will definitely up his games more this season. So basketball junkies, watch out for this point guard.
It was an unfortunate day for the defenses of the Bulls to play without much assistance from Joakim Noah due to sore foot and be up against the power offense of Deron Williams, Brook Lopez, Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace. If Derek Rose were only there, the Bulls could have caught up.
As Williams delivered 15 points and 4 assists in the first half, Lopez contributed 12 points in the 1st quarter until the Nets garnered a 60-35 lead into the break. It was considered an early win for the Nets.
From start to finish, all you could hear was the crowd chanting "Brooklynnnnn." Now, who wouldn't be inspired with such fighting spirit? Hopefully, the Bulls could reclaim their barely holding motivation once the second game rolls in.
The game earned the Nets hopefuls for a potential second-round series against Miami Heat. But before that, do you think the Brooklyn Nets could still show such dynamic game performance? Let's stay tuned!