Utah guard Deron Williams (#8) is guarded by New York's Amar'e Stoudemire (#1) during Wednesday night's game between the Jazz and Knicks.

Daily Deron: Williams, Jazz Outlast New York Knicks in Battle of D’Antoni Ball

Thanks to all five starters scoring at least 14 points and reserves C.J. Miles and Mehmet Okur combining for 34 points off the bench, the Utah Jazz defeated the New York Knicks last night during a high-scoring affair more reminiscent of the 1980s/early 1990s NBA.

With both teams combining for 256 points, Deron Williams and Raymond Felton posted nearly identical figures during the point-guard rematch from the 2005 National Championship Game between the University of Illinois and the University of North Carolina.

Here’s a look at Wednesday night’s numbers.

Utah Jazz Point Guard Deron Williams (2002-2005)

The Jazz improved to 26-13 with the 131-125 victory against the New York Knicks, which fell to 22-16.

Williams: (-1)

24 points (5-13 from the field, 1-3 from three, 13-15 from the foul line), 7 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 turnovers, 2 steals and 4 fouls in 40:24.

As for Felton (+10), he finished with 23 points (6-15 from the field, 1-6 from three, 10-10 from the foul line), 7 rebounds, 11 assists, 4 turnovers, 1 steal and 5 fouls in 39:37.

In other former Illini news, Brian Cook was inactive and did not play as the Los Angeles Clippers (13-24) ended a 13-game winning streak for the Miami Heat (30-10) with a stunning 111-105 victory at the Staples Center.

Luther Head did not play (coach’s decision) for the Sacramento Kings (8-28) during the team’s 119-95 loss to the Boston Celtics (28-9).


Until next time.

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