Jeremy Lin (l.) against C.J. Watson.
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Williams played the best first quarter of any Net this season. But his night ended in anger and silence, with Lin as the victor, and Williams walking off the court with 67 seconds remaining in a 119-106 defeat, having been ejected for arguing with the referee.
Williams declined to talk to the media after the game, leaving his coach to explain what occurred with official David Jones.
"The referee said Deron said something to him and he threw him out," P.J. Carlesimo said.
Lin, who dominated the Knicks in December, scored eight of his 14 points during a three-minute stretch of the fourth quarter, dictating the pace against the slower, older Nets.
His final line (14 points, nine assists, five rebounds and six turnovers) wasn't as impressive as Williams' (27 points, 11 assists on 10-of-15 shooting), but he had the help of James Harden (29 points) and Omer Asik (20).
Lin also was better down the stretch.
"I thought we were definitely the faster team out there," Lin said. "I think we're younger and play with more pace. (The Nets) are pretty far down in the pace rankings because they do a lot of isolations and post-ups."
The Nets (26-18) have lost two straight for the first time under Carlesimo, finishing their road trip 2-2 after it began with an impressive win at the Garden.
Williams came out with a purpose, scoring or assisting on Brooklyn's first 22 points. He finished the first quarter with 20 points, hitting all seven of his shots. It was the most points in a quarter for a Brooklyn player all season.
Most of Williams' early work was against Lin.
"You just hope it doesn't last the whole game," Lin said.
Source: New York Daily News | STEFAN BONDY