After defeating the Houston Rockets in the first round for the second consecutive year, Deron Williams led the Utah Jazz into their second round series with Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Jazz fell behind 2-0 in the series after losing both games in Southern California, but they responded in the next two games back in Salt Lake City. In Game 4, Williams had a night to remember, scoring 29 points on a scorching 9-13 from the field and dishing out 14 assists in an effort that evened the series at two games apiece.
Williams and the Jazz raced out to a 10-point first-quarter lead, but the Lakers’ star-studded lineup of Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom answered back in the second to tie the game heading to halftime.
The game went back-and-forth all night long, but with 3:40 left in the game, a Carlos Boozer layup off a dish from Williams put the Jazz ahead by 11 and seemingly secured the victory. The Lakers clawed their way back again in the final minutes, but Williams drained a huge fallaway jumper to give the Jazz some cushion with 1:06 left.
Then, Lamar Odom tied the game at 106 with under a minute to play, and the game would head to overtime. The Jazz jumped ahead early with a pair of long two-point jumpers from Mehmet Okur off nice finds from Williams.
This time the Jazz would hold on to their lead, and Williams and Kyle Korver would each knock down four free throws to close out the game and knot up the series as it shifted back to Los Angeles.
The Lakers would go on to win the series in six games and later advance to the NBA Finals, marking two consecutive seasons that Williams and the Jazz had bowed out to the Western Conference Champions. But, Game 4 belonged to Deron Williams and the Jazz.