Take that Paul Pierce: Deron Williams leads Nets with 35 to get win (VIDEO).

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A few weeks back, Paul Pierce made headlines saying the Nets lacked leadership and that all started with Deron Williams.

Williams sent his own message, turning back the clock and putting up 35 points to lead the Nets to a 120-115 win and even the series with the Hawks 2-2. This effort tied Williams’ career playoff high.

It helps the Nets cause that the powerhouse Hawks team from January is nowhere to be seen come April, but Williams is still leading his team through that open door.