CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Deron Williams poured in a club-record 57 points to lead the New Jersey Nets to a 104-101 NBA victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Williams made 16-of-29 from the field and a perfect 21-of-21 from the free-throw line en route to his career-high points total — and added seven assists and six rebounds for good measure.
“Coach (Avery Johnson) said we’d be off Monday if we won,” Williams said. “I had an 11:39 tee time.”
Williams said the only previous time he scored 50 points at any level was in Turkey, where he played during the NBA lockout.
He was surprised that the Bobcats, who fell to a lowly 4-31 this season, didn’t do more to keep the ball out of his hands.
“I’m used to getting double-teamed on pick-and-roll,” Williams said. “Refreshing not to.”