Nets’ guard Deron Williams scored 57 points, setting a franchise record (and 2011-12 Regular Season record) in the Nets’ 104-101 win against the Charlotte Bobcats. Amazingly enough, 40 of his 57 came in the second half of play. Williams took over in the third quarter when center, Brook Lopez left with an ankle sprain. Williams scored 18 straight points and was able to routinely create his own offense.

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With this performance, Williams is receiving national attention and more importantly–the attention of seven-footer in Orlando. It’s no secret that Howard and Williams would like to play together next season. Performances like this one will go a long way in making that happen. However for Net fans, this duo may not play in Brooklyn. The Nets have until March 15th in order to make a deal for Howard. With Lopez rolling his ankle (and needing subsequent X-Rays), the outlook doesn’t appear too bright for the Nets. Many do not think the Nets will be able lure Howard to Brooklyn this summer as a free agent. Their biggest competition will come from the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks have the cap space, superstar appeal, and owner to create a ‘Texas-sized’ Big 3, and the Nets may be left holding the bag this summer.