BROOKLYN (Sporting Alert) — Deron Williams scored a game-high 35 points and the Brooklyn Nets rallied to beat the Atlanta Hawks 120-115 in overtime in Game 4 to tie the series 2-2 on Tuesday night.
Williams, who tied his playoffs high for points on the night, connected on 7 of his 11 three-point attempts, while adding seven assists, five rebounds and three steals to his stats.
Brook Lopez added a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds, in addition to four block shots and two steals in the win for the eight-seeded Nets.
“We were confident we can play with these guys,” Lopez told reporters in an interview after the game.
Lopez also praised the outstanding performance of Williams, who came into the game shooting 27 percent from the field.
“D (Deron) was big tonight,” he said. “He was big. He played really confident.
“D’s been very comfy these last few days just getting shots up and working on his game and he came in tonight looking like he hadn’t even shot poorly the last few games.
“He created things for us and moved the ball well and he was shooting like he’d shot well the past few games and that’s what we needed him to do.
“We need him to take his shots and have the confidence to make them.”
DeMarre Carroll had 20 points and shot 8-of-15 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three-point range and nine rebounds and Jeff Teague added 20 points and 11 assists to lead the way for the Hawks, who won the first two games of the series.
Al Horford contributed 17 points, Paul Millsap had a solid all-round night with 16 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals and Kyle Korver ended with 16 points and 11 boards in the defeat for the Eastern Conference No. 1 seed.
After ending relegation locked at 104-104, the Nets outscored the Hawks 16-11 in overtime to take the victory.
Joe Johnson scored 17 points for Brooklyn and Bojan Bogdanovic chipped in with 15 points and six rebounds in the big win.
Game 5 of the series will be in Atlanta Wednesday night.