May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends against Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) in the first half of game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Illini in the NBA: Deron Williams and Nets Get Past Raptors, To Play Heat In Semifinals

May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross (31) drives to the net as Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends in the first half of game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

On Sunday afternoon, former Illini guard Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors, 104-103, in Game 7 of their first round series of the NBA Playoffs.

Williams played 32 minutes in the game where he scored 13 points, made 7-of-10 from the foul line, and dished out four assists. However, it would be his defense that would help the Nets beat the Raptors on Sunday.

With just over 8 seconds left in the game, Toronto had the basketball down one with a chance to win the game. It was Williams and company who provided a tough defensive front against Kyle Lowry to give Brooklyn the win.

It was a pretty good series for Deron Williams as a whole. Against the Raptors, Williams averaged 15.8 points per game, 6.2 assists per game, 1.8 steals per game, and shot 43.9% from the field.

Brooklyn will get a night off on Monday before they begin their semifinal series against the #2 Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

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