Illini in the NBA: Williams and Nets Beat Knicks, Leonard and Blazers Fall to Pistons

Currently, there are two former Illinois players in the NBA. Deron Williams is a member of the Brooklyn Nets while Meyers Leonard is a member of the Portland Trailblazers.

Here is a rundown of  how Williams and Meyers are faring in the NBA so far this season.

Nov. 26, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) and New York Knicks small forward Carmelo Anthony (7) on the court during the second half at the Barclays Center. Nets won in overtime 96-89. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

First, the last game Deron Williams played was on November 26th against the New York Knicks. It was the very first meeting between the Nets and the Knicks since the Nets move to Brooklyn. This was first match-up of Brooklyn and New York pro franchises since the Dodgers played the New York Giants on Sept. 8 1957. The game sounded like a playoff game as Brooklyn defeated New York 96-89 in overtime.

Williams played 43 minutes as he recorded his second straight double-double of the season (third one of the season). He went 6-of-17 from the field as he scored 16 points and dished out 14 assists. He also recorded three steals and six rebounds.

According to ESPN, Williams said “this was a playoff-type atmosphere. You could definitely feel it on the court and it was a great game to be a part of” after the game.

The last game that Meyers Leonard played was on November 26th against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons defeated the Trail Blazers 108-101 as Detroit got great play from their players. The Pistons had seven players with double digit points as Portland’s Damian Lillard had an off night. Lillard entered as the NBA’s top rookie scorer, but missed his first 12 shots from the field.

On the other hand, Meyers Leonard had a nice game for the Trail Blazers against the Pistons. Leonard played 21 minutes off the bench and scored eight points while recording three blocks and four rebounds. He did get knocked around a bit and did hurt his knee in the third quarter, but still had a nice game off the bench in the loss.

Both Williams and Leonard will be back in action on November 28th. Williams and the Nets will take a trip to Boston to play the Celtics while Leonard and the Blazers will travel to the nation’s capital to play the Wizards.

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Check out my other writings on the Oregon Ducks blog, Autzen Zoo.

Topics: Brooklyn Nets, Deron Williams, Meyers Leonard, NBA, Portland Trail Blazers

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