Deron Williams Makes History With 57 Points in Win Over Bobcats, But Brook Lopez Leaves On Crutches

Mar, 04, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams (8) looks towards his bench in first half action against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Chapman-US PRESSWIRE

Deron Williams scored 57 points on Sunday in Charlotte, setting a career-high, the Nets' all-time NBA record for a single game, and the most points scored by any NBA player this season. And the Nets needed all 57, as they lost Brook Lopez to an ankle injury in the third quarter and held on for a 104-101 win over the Bobcats.

Allowing the Bobcats to score 53 points in the first half, the Nets trailed by as many 16 in the second quarter. But they cut it down to eight by halftime and took the lead as Williams scored 22 points in the third. They led by seven with 20 seconds in the game, but a wild comeback by the Bobcats gave them a chance to tie with a three with 1.7 seconds left. D.J. Augustin's desperation three was off the mark though.

Williams shot 16-for-29 from the field, 4-for-11 from three-point range and a perfect 21-for-21 from the line. He added six rebounds and seven assists. Kris Humphries had 11 points and 13 rebounds, and Shelden Williams was the only other Net in double figures, finishing with 10 points.

It was the second time this season Williams scored 50 points in a game. He scored 50 while playing for Besiktas in a EuroChallenge game in Germany last November 22.

Lopez rolled his right ankle -- the same foot he broke in December -- early in the third quarter. It didn't look serious at first, but he never returned from the locker room and left the arena on crutches. X-rays were taken and Avery Johnson said that the team would have an update on Monday.

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