When Rajon Rondo dropped 18 points, 17 rebounds and 20 assists on the New York Knicks in a Celtics overtime victory on Sunday afternoon, it seemed pretty safe that he had put up the line of the day. Putting himself among the company of Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain will do that.
Of course, the NBA likes to overdose on excitement sometimes and later that evening, Deron Williams scored an NBA-high 57 points in a close game between the New Jersey Nets and Charlotte Bobcats. His team needed every one of those points as he went 16-29 from the floor and a perfect 21-21 from the free throw line.
After the game Twitter was abuzz with fans, writers and NBA players asking which player's performance was more impressive.
Williams says that nod goes to Rondo.
In an interview with 660 FAN in New York - via SportsRadioInterviews.com- Williams talked about his big night against the Bobcats and then was asked what he thought about Rondo's line against the Knicks.
Williams said he got hot and did what his team needed him to do to pick up the win (it wasn't a good look for the Nets to need his 57-point performance against the Bobcats, but we'll focus on Williams' heroic efforts), and talked about how the performance stacks up to other big nights he has had:
When you look back on all the great games you’ve had in your career is this going to be the game that stands out? Is this the best game of your career in your opinion?
“It’s hard to say. I’ve had some other good games where I’ve had close to 40 points and like 17 assists, so it’s tough to say. This is definitely my best scoring night by far. My previous career high was 42.”
He was then asked what he thought about Rondo's triple-double. Here's what he had to say:
“I thought it was more impressive than mine personally. He almost put up 20 [points], 20 [rebounds] and 20 [assists]. That’s tough to do. My career-high in rebounds is 9.”
If it works for Williams, it works for us.