Deron’s third-best playoff performance on this list is the only one that came while he was a member of the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets. After falling to the LeBron James-led Miami Heat in the second round in 2014, Williams led the Nets against the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks the following season.
After falling behind in the first two games in Atlanta, the Nets snagged Game 3 at the Barclays Center to set up a pivotal Game 4 at home.
Game 4 was a battle throughout, with all five Hawks starters scoring in double figures as they had done for much of the regular season. A pair of Williams’ former teammates, Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver, combined for 32 points and 23 rebounds in the game to keep it tight down the stretch.
But, Deron willed the Nets to victory in front of a raucous home crowd, knocking down seven of 11 three-point attempts and tying a playoff career-high with 35 points.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Nets trailed by eight with their season on the line, and Williams answered with a flurry of buckets to start the quarter. He knocked down a three in the first minute and followed that up with a mid-range jumper before threes from Bojan Bogdanovic and Alan Anderson knotted the game with over 10 minutes to play.
Williams would go on to score 16 total points in the fourth quarter, including draining back-to-back threes midway through the quarter to regain the lead and put the Nets up by five. Those two triples changed the momentum of the game and helped propel Brooklyn to the finish line.
The Hawks responded and pushed the game to overtime, but the Nets received key contributions from Joe Johnson, Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young in the extra frame to build a lead, and Deron knocked down a pair of free throws to ice the game with 20 seconds left.
And with that, the series shifted back to Atlanta tied at two games apiece. Unfortunately, for Deron and the Nets, they would lose the next two and fall in six games, and his Brooklyn career would come to an end as he moved to Dallas the following season.
But, Game 4 against the Hawks was a performance worth remembering from Deron Williams.