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Deron Williams scores 30 as Nets nip Lakers

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Deron Williams scored 30 points and recorded 7 assists, while Paul Pierce added 25 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a close victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-102. The Nets had no trouble knocking down shots, finishing 36-76 (47.4%) from the field, including 12-25 (48.0%) from beyond the arc. Brooklyn (26-28) gets one in the win column after losing to Golden State on Saturday.

Williams finished 9-16 from the field (1-5 on 3-pointers) and 11-13 from the free throw line. He also tallied 6 steals and 5 rebounds. Other top contributors for Brooklyn included Andrei Kirilenko with 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Joe Johnson with 10 points and 8 assists. Despite the loss, Pau Gasol put up 22 points for Los Angeles on 8-12 shooting from the field and 6-7 from the free throw line. He also tallied 11 rebounds. Jordan Hill contributed 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Along with their eFG% of 55.3%, the Nets connected at a rate of 48.0% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 4-3 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Lakers are winless (0-5) when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.

This drops Los Angeles (19-37) to 1-1 against Brooklyn on the year.

Coming up next, the Nets square off against the Portland Trail Blazers, who are 38-18 on the year. The Lakers meet the Indiana Pacers, currently 42-13 this season. The Nets are 0-1 versus Portland this season. The Lakers are 0-1 versus Indiana this season.

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