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The Stat Line of the Night – 3/9/10 – Deron Williams
The Utah Jazz are making a case as one of the elite teams in the NBA this year. Although they started off slow, their point guard and leader has dragged them back into contention. Last night was a great example of how Deron can dictate the pace and result of a game almost single-handedly. While matching up against one of the young elite point guards in the league, Derrick Rose, he showed why Rose’s time has not yet come. Beware Deron!
In an old-fashioned wild west shootout, the Jazz won 132-108. Deron Williams could do no wrong. He scored 28 points on 11-15 shooting. He also hit 3-5 threes. Were you wondering what else Deron could do? Well how about his 17 assists. He is truly a triple-threat on offense, using his ability to dribble, pass and shoot to dissect opposing defenses. He is not only good at dominating alone, he is able to get his teammates in positions to succeed, as evidenced by young bench player C.J. Miles dropping 26 points.
Are the Jazz good enough to consider in the elite of the Western Conference with Denver, L.A., and Dallas? Maybe not entirely, but they are only a half game behind the Mavs and right there in the hunt for the top seed in the West. All they need are a few more “Stat Lines of the Night” for Deron and they may have a chance.