With the NBA playoffs in full swing, it’s time to look back at some of the best moments of Deron Williams’ postseason career with his top five career performances.
In the first round in 2010, Williams led the Utah Jazz into a first-round series against the Denver Nuggets after falling to the Los Angeles Lakers in the same round the year before.
The Nuggets, led by a young Carmelo Anthony, held home-court advantage as the fourth seed, but the Jazz posted an identical 53-29 record in the regular season and came in with plenty of playoff experience, making their fourth consecutive appearance.
Denver took Game 1 comfortably at the Pepsi Center, but Williams came into Game 2 on a mission to steal a game before heading back to Utah.
Williams dominated the game offensively from start to finish, scoring 33 points on just 14 field goal attempts, while dishing out 14 assists.
Utah’s solid first half helped them out to a 12-point halftime lead, but Anthony and the Nuggets battled back and led by three down the stretch.
Williams never panicked and continued to play his game, dissecting the Nuggets’ defense and finding teammates Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap for huge buckets in crunch time.
Williams’ performance propelled the Jazz to a narrow 114-111 victory in Game 2, tilting the series in Utah’s favor, and they would go on to defeat the Nuggets in six games.
However, they would fall to the Lakers for a third consecutive season in the next round.