Getting a little tired of Lin-sanity?
So was Deron Williams. So he went out and did something about it.
The New Jersey Nets’ All-Star point guard, who was the unwitting first victim during Jeremy Lin’s meteoric and improbable rise to superstardom on Feb. 4, exacted a measure of revenge against the Knicks’ boy wonder during a 100-92 victory at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.
Lin scored 25 points and handed out seven assists off the bench against Williams and the Nets in New York’s 99-92 victory at the Garden more than two weeks ago, sparking the biggest story thus far of the lockout-shortened NBA season.
Williams, who was deluged with tweets and comments regarding his inability to slow down the second-year guard from Harvard, was eager to prove he was still a class above the neophyte.
He did so by pouring in a season-high 38 points, including 36 in the first three quarters. Afterward, Williams confessed that all the talk regarding Lin had motivated him to come out with a big effort in the rematch.
“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 scored 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out nine assists in his second meeting with Williams. However, it was the porous play of Brooklyn native Carmelo Anthony (11 points on 4-of-11 shooting, six turnovers) in his return from injury that had the Knicks looking less like the team that had won eight of nine games during his absence.
Williams and the Nets will be in Orlando tonight to take on the Magic, and perhaps continue discussions on acquiring center Dwight Howard, who some believe would like to be in Brooklyn for the opening of Barclays Center in November.