This is turning out to be a cracker of a series in the Eastern Conference playoffs after Game 4, the one between the no. 1 and the no. 8 side. Similar to the tie between defending champions Spurs and Clippers during the Western Conference playoffs.
The Brooklyn Nets entered Game 4 trailing 2-1 to the top-seeded side Atlanta Hawks. Deron Williams finally struck form and delivered. His 35 points ensured Game 4 victory for the Nets on overtime. the Nets won 120-115 to tie the series 2-2. Williams sat out during the last 16 minutes of Game 3 due to a tailbone injury. His performance was important after he was beaten up physically on court.
”We really needed to get this one to stay in the series,” Williams said after Game 4, ”and so it was definitely one of my better games this year for sure and probably as a Net.”
Williams shot seven 3-pointers in the game.
He also notched up 16 points in the final quarter, two fewer than his total “out-of-form score” of the first three games, as Bojan Bogdanovic drew blood with a 3-pointer with 1:25 minute left in overtime. Atlanta led 113-111 at one point with 1:44 remaining, but Williams swung the game in the Nets’ favor with two free throws on overtime, leading the home-side’s run of straight seven points.
”What a basketball game that was,” Nets coach Lionel Hollins revealed. ”To me, that’s what playing this sport is all about.”
Brook Lopez added 26 points and 10 rebounds to the winners’ tally.
The Nets are now just 2 wins away from becoming the sixth no. 8 side to beat the top-seeded team in playoff’s history.