In a game-to-remember last night, Deron Williams led his Besiktas club to a win over Gottingen, scoring 50 points!
The Eurochallenge game took place in Istanbul and the Turkish home side emerged winners 105-94. Although Eurochallenge is admittedly the weakest one of the three major European Cups, 50 points in a game (scoring almost half of his team's points in the proccess) is not something fans are accustomed to, especially in Europe.
Williams was the first NBA player to jointhe ranks of a European club due to lockout, long before anyone else. Truth is, his game translated very well into the European style. No doubt, he is the best "lockout" player to be playing in Europe right now, regrettably not playing in Euroleague though. Or even in Eurocup from where his team was knocked out in the qualifying phase.
Williams went for 7/10 from behind the arc and 10/13 for 2FG, putting up a very impressive 17/23 (75%) from the field. He also added 9/11 free throws into his impressive statline and ended the night with an index ranking of 50.
Here's the video of his exceptional performance:
Apparently Williams' 50 points in a game is a new scoring record for Eurochallenge competition, which was eatablished in 2003/04 season, adding his name to a list of prolific scorers such as Damir Mrsic and Fernando San Emeterio. Not only that, but it is also a personal high, eight points more than the 42 he scored against Oklahoma City Thunders in NBA, in April of 2010.
He is also the first player to have passed the 40 points mark as seen in the table below.
|2003/04||D. Woodward||AE Limassol||38|
|2004/05||K. Johnson||BC Fersped||38|
|2006/07||F. San Emeterio||Girona||39|
|2007/08||N. De Colo||Cholet||37|
|2008/09||J. Smith||Svendborg Rabbits||39|
|2009/10||G. Renfroe||VEF Riga||36|
|2010/11||E. Lawrence||BK Prostejov||37|