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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Notes: D-Will slowed by flu

By Mike Mazzeo

Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams gutted through flu-like symptoms Wednesday night and played 34 minutes -- but he wasn’t his recent All-Star caliber self.

In Brooklyn’s 105-85 blowout loss to the Miami Heat at Barclays Center, Williams had nine points, five assists and six turnovers.

“My energy was low and I had it in spurts,” said Williams, who was sweating profusely as he fielded questions from reporters in front of his locker after the game.

Deron Williams and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan
Flu-like symptoms or no, you can't blame Deron Williams for smiling in the presence of Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan, before Wednesday's game.
“It’s a lot worse now,” Williams said when asked about his illness.

The 28-year-old came in averaging 18.9 points and 8.5 assists on 45.7 percent shooting in January. But he was tentative from the start, and a non-factor for much of the night.

“This is a bad game. It definitely leaves a bad taste in our mouths when I have that kind of effort in the second half,” said Williams, who had just three points in the final two frames on 1-for-4 shooting.

Interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said he might have played his point guard too many minutes given how sick he was.

“It’s a bad loss,” Williams said. “We hoped to come out and put a better effort out with these guys and how close we are in the standings to them and a chance to gain a full game and just really try to prove that we can play with them, but we didn’t do that.”

• The Nets’ home winning streak was snapped at eight. It was the franchise’s longest since a nine-game stretch from Mar. 15, 2006, to April 6, 2006.

• The Nets finished out the month of January at 11-4, the same record they compiled in November.

• Carlesimo is 13-5 since taking over for Avery Johnson.

• The Nets have lost seven straight at home to Miami, dating back to Feb. 7, 2010.

Brook Lopez (21 points, seven rebounds) finished with his team-leading 20th 20-point game of the season.

Joe Johnson went just 4-for-15 from the field, but tied a season-high with six assists.

Keith Bogans is 7-for-10 from 3-point range over his last two games.