Deron Williams scored a franchise-record 57 points to lift the New Jersey Nets to a 104-101 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Williams, who came into the game averaging 21.7 points per game, shot 16 of 29 from the field and was a perfect 21 for 21 from the free-throw line.

Williams’ broke the franchise’s previous mark of 52 points, shared by Mike Newlin and Ray Richardson. It was the second-most points scored against the Bobcats, one shy of Kobe Bryant’s 58 in 2006.

Corey Maggette had 24 points and Gerald Henderson added 15 for the Bobcats, who’ve now lost five straight and 21 of their last 22.

The Nets trailed by eight at halftime but took the lead thanks to Williams, who scored 22 points in the third quarter.


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