The Stat Line of the Night — 4/6/10 — Deron Williams
Deron Williams had one of the best games of his career last night, but it almost wasn’t enough to help his team win. Almost. Playing against Kevin Durant and the Thunder, the Jazz were down 1 with a few seconds left when Deron sunk a jumper for his 41st and 42nd point of the night to give his team a 1-point lead. They would go on to block Durant’s next shot and win the game, 140-139.
Deron was actually outscored by his foe, Durant. While Durant scored 45 points and had a stellar game, Williams was the clear winner of the night. Williams had 42 points on 14 for 23 shooting. He hit 4-7 from three-point range and 10 of 11 from the free throw line. What was most impressive was that he not only recorded his first 40 point 10 assist game, but he was also just the 19th player to record 40 points and 10 assists while giving up only 1 turnover or less since 1986. He also had 3 rebounds on the night.
Utah moved into 2nd place in the West with the win. They lead Dallas, Phoenix, and Denver (all tied for 3rd) by a half game. While Utah is scorching hot right now, and Deron Williams has shown he can be a leader, they will have a tough time running the gauntlet of the West. They will definitely need to secure home court advantage to feel confident they can get out of the first round. For now, however, Deron Williams earns “The Stat Line of the Night”.