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Injuries Not Holding Back Nets’ Deron Williams

Williams Earning Early MVP Chatter
(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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BROOKLYN (CBSNewYork/AP) - Nets fans shouted MVP chants as Deron Williams and the Brooklyn Nets closed out a 96-89 victory over the Knicks.

“It was just a total 180 from what we saw last year, where it was mostly Knicks fans and all the chants and all the cheers were for them. It’s great to feel that we have a home-court advantage finally,” point guard Deron Williams said after the victory.

“This is what they talked about. I think this is what they visualized, was games like this. This was a playoff-type atmosphere. You could definitely feel it on the court and it was a great game to be a part of.”

The Nets’ star point guard has been besieged by a number of injuries, but this isn’t stopping Williams from averaging an impressive 8.9 assists per game.

Williams suffered a sprained wrist when he braced himself while falling during the Nets’ win over the Clippers on Friday.

So far, Williams has recorded six double-doubles this season and has the Nets in a first place tie with the 9-4 Knicks in the Atlantic Division.

The Nets and Knicks are set to go at one another throughout the year and Williams will be right in the center of the Nets’ hopes of winning the Atlantic.

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