May 14, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) shoots past Miami Heat guard Mario Chalmers (15) during the second half in game five of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Miami won 96-94. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Illini in the NBA: Deron Williams and Nets Get Bounced From NBA Playoffs By Heat

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On Wednesday evening, former Illini guard Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets were bounced from the NBA Playoffs after being defeated by the Miami Heat, 96-94.

Williams played 37 minutes in the game where he scored 17 points, made 7-of-16 from the field, hit 3-of-7 from three, hauled in four rebounds, and dished out four assists.

Lebron James and Dwyane Wade might have scored 29 and 28 points receptively while combining for 57 of Miami’s 96 points, but it was Ray Allen who was able to “stick it” to his former Celtic teammates.

With just over 30 seconds left in the game, Allen hit a huge three-pointer to put the Heat up 93-91. Both Allen and James would hit big free throws to make sure Miami got the win.

The Miami Heat will move on to the Eastern Conference Finals and will play either the Washington Wizards or Indiana Pacers.

As for Brooklyn, they will hit the offseason with some questions to answer.

The biggest question will most likely be whether or not they should resign Paul Pierce who’s contact is up following this season.

The Nets received Pirece in a trade with Boston where they gave the Celtics first-round picks in 2014, 2016, and 2018 (Boston can swap picks in 2017 if they choose).

For Deron Williams, all the focus goes on getting better next season. He is currently under contract with the Nets until 2016.

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