New York Knicks fans were looking forward to the triumphant return of Carmelo Anthony to Madison Square Garden where he and Jeremy Lin would form some kind of unstoppable super duo.
Deron Williams had other ideas.
Williams drained a career-high eight three-pointers and had a season-high 38 points, and the New Jersey Nets held off a fourth quarter run to down the New York Knicks, 100-92, on Monday.
Jeremy Lin paced New York with 21 points to go with nine assists, seven rebounds and four steals before fouling out with 44.9 seconds remaining. Anthony had 11 points and six helpers for the Knicks, who went 6-1 in his absence because of a groin strain.
Kris Humphries added a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds for New Jersey. MarShon Brooks donated 18 points and DeShawn Stevenson had 11 for the Nets, who went 2-1 on a back-to-back-to-back stretch of games.
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