Posted January 28, 2012 on AP on Fox
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After a sluggish start, things are starting to look up for Deron Williams and the New Jersey Nets. There isn't nearly as much optimism surrounding the Toronto Raptors, who - if their most recent effort is any indication - look headed for what could be another challenging stretch with Andrea Bargnani out indefinitely. Seeking a third consecutive win, New Jersey tries for a fourth victory in five games over the visiting Raptors on Sunday. Since losing 11 of their first 14 games, the Nets (7-13) have taken four of six thanks in large part to Williams' tremendous play. The two-time All-Star is averaging 22.3 points and 9.5 assists over his last six contests - recording five double-doubles over that span. Two nights after scoring 34 points and dishing out 11 assists in a 97-90 overtime win at Atlantic Division-leading Philadelphia, Williams had 27 and 10, respectively, as New Jersey posted back-to-back victories for the first time this season with Friday's 99-96 win at Cl...
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