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Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012

Williams drops 38 on Lin, Knicks


NEW YORK — Linsanity started against the New Jersey Nets, and this time All-Star guard Deron Williams was determined not to be embarrassed by the Harvard guy again.

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Spoiling the story line: New Jersey's Deron Williams drives on New York's Jeremy Lin in the third quarter on Monday night. The Nets beat the Knicks 100-92. AP

Williams scored a season-high 38 points, outplaying Jeremy Lin and leading the Nets to a 100-92 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night.

Lin began his remarkable run against the Nets about two weeks ago, but Williams and the Nets were ready for him this time.

Lin finished with 21 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, but Williams outscored him 36-11 through three quarters, when the Nets led by 18. Lin shot only 7 of 18 and the Knicks lost for the second time in 10 games since his emergence against the Nets on Feb. 4.

"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."

Carmelo Anthony, clearly rusty in his return from a seven-game absence with a strained right groin, shot 4 of 11 and scored 11 points.

Williams scored 18 in the third quarter, including 12 straight Nets points during one surge. Clearly amped up for the rematch — maybe too much so, because he fouled out with 3:07 left — he skipped across the court with three fingers in the air after burying a second straight 3-pointer during his blistering stretch.

MarShon Brooks had 18 points for the Nets in their third game in three nights.

They shut down a Knicks offense that rang up 104 points against the defending champion Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, when Lin had 28 points and a career-best 14 assists.

But Williams was locked in this time, and the U.S. Olympian could've gone for plenty more if not for spending most of the fourth quarter on the bench in foul trouble. But by then he had the Nets too far ahead for the Knicks to catch.

Williams, who shot 7 of 19 in the first meeting, made eight 3-pointers and was 10 of 22 overall on Monday.

"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. Again, I'm not big on the matchups just because it's a team thing and as a team we just didn't perform very well."

New York had its five-game winning streak against the Nets snapped and failed again to move back over .500.

Baron Davis had three points in 9 minutes in his Knicks debut after overcoming a herniated disk in his back. Expected to be the starter whenever he became available, he'll be Backup Baron as long as Lin keeps it up.

New York was 8-15, coming off losses on consecutive nights, and had already fallen into a double-digit hole against the Nets on Feb. 4 when Lin got his chance, coming off the bench for 25 points in a 99-92 victory.

Lin had since averaged 25 points and 9.2 assists, the most remarkable story in the NBA this season.

Spurs 106, Jazz 102

In Salt Lake City, Tony Parker scored 23 points, Matt Bonner hit five 3-pointers and San Antonio defeated Utah for its 11th consecutive victory.

Richard Jefferson's 3-pointer with 6.5 seconds left sealed the victory for the Spurs, who have not lost on the road since Jan. 29 in Dallas. Tim Duncan had 20 points for San Antonio.

Al Jefferson led the Jazz with 20 points and Paul Millsap added 16.

The loss was Utah's fifth straight against the Spurs. The Jazz fell below .500 for the first time since Jan. 2.

Bulls 90, Hawks 79

In Chicago, Derrick Rose scored 23 points in his return from a five-game absence because of back pain to lead the Bulls over struggling Atlanta.

Thunder 101, Hornets 93

In Oklahoma City, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook scored 31 points apiece to lead the Thunder over New Orleans for their 10th straight home win.

Mavericks 89, Celtics 73

In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki had 26 points and moved into the top 20 on the NBA career scoring list as the hosts beat short-handed Boston.

Magic 93, Bucks 90

In Milwaukee, Dwight Howard had 28 points and 16 rebounds, and Jameer Nelson added 15 points to lead Orlando to its third win over the Bucks in 10 days.

Rockets 97, Grizzlies 93

In Houston, Kyle Lowry scored 24 points, Kevin Martin added 22 and Courtney Lee hit four key free throws down the stretch to lead the Rockets over Memphis.

Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 23 points and Mike Conley had 16.

Nuggets 103, T-Wolves 101 (OT)

In Denver, Arron Afflalo hit a tiebreaking floater in the lane with 33.7 seconds remaining in overtime and reserve Al Harrington scored a season-high 31 points as the Nuggets beat Minnesota.

Suns 104, Wizards 88

In Phoenix, Marcin Gortat scored 20 points, Steve Nash had 12 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in three quarters, and the Suns beat Washington for their 10th straight win over the Wizards.

Lakers 103, Blazers 92

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 28 points, Andrew Bynum had 14 points and 19 rebounds, and the Lakers roared to a 30-point lead early in the second quarter before holding on for a victory over Portland.

Warriors 104, Clippers 97

In Oakland, Monta Ellis scored 32 points, Ekpe Udoh had a season-high 19 points and eight rebounds in place of ill starting center Andris Biedrins, and Golden State topped Los Angeles.

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