On the way off the court, after Utah's stunning 114-111 upset of the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference first-round matchup, Denver Bronco's cornerback Champ Bailey exchanged high-fives with D-Will as the Jazz tied this best-of-seven series at 1-1.
The defeat was certainly enough to wipe the cheesy grin right off of Carmelo Anthony's face and give the depleted Jazz new hope, as they head back to EnergySolutions Arena for Games 3 and 4.
You can't say enough about Williams' clutch performance. With two starters out (Andrei Kirilenko and Mehmet Okur), and Kyrylo Fesenko stepping up to make his first start in an NBA playoff game, things didn't exactly lineup for a Jazz victory.
However, Deron Williams proved exactly why he's the best point guard in the NBA. His 33 point, 14 assist performance, not only rescued the Jazz from an 0-2 hole, it might have brought some serious doubts into the Nuggets mindset.
Now they must beat the Jazz in Salt Lake City or face elimination.
Williams controlled the first half tempo with a variety of drives to the hoop and an occassional three-pointer to mix things up. The Jazz floor-leader did more than enough to keep the Nuggets a step slow, in fact, Williams pulled a Carmelo.
He did his best to force the Nuggets defense into fouls, and they cooperated by sending Williams to the free-throw line 18 times.
The end result was a series-changing victory and one of the great playoff performances in Utah Jazz history.