D-Will has confidence back

PHILADELPHIA -- Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams is playing confidently -- and getting results.

In his past four games, Williams is averaging 20 points and 8.8 assists on 48.1 percent shooting, including 50 percent from 3-point range.

"I feel good. I’m just trying not to think so much when I’m out there on the court," Williams said after going 7-for-11 from the field and scoring 22 points in his team’s 109-89 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night at Wells Fargo Center.

"When I just go out and play, that’s when I’m at my best."

Williams, who has battled minor injuries, confidence issues, fatigue and uncomfortableness in former coach Avery Johnson’s offensive system this season, looks like a completely different player of late.

"I’ve been doing a lot more treatment and just being smarter about my minutes during practice and things like that," Williams said. "I’ve been taking less of a pounding and I just feel better. … I got more lift. I got more explosiveness, which I was lacking earlier."

• The Nets came into Tuesday night’s game ranked 29th out of 30 NBA teams in average third-quarter scoring margin (minus-2.3 points per game). So it came as a huge surprise when they started the third on an 18-2 run and outscored the Sixers 35-14 during the period. Brooklyn shot 73.7 percent from field, while going 4-for-5 from 3-point range.

The Nets led by one at halftime. They led by 22 heading into the fourth.

"We’d love to bottle the third quarter," Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said.

Adds Williams: "That was one of our best third quarters. We came out and kind of just put them away. It felt good."

• Through three quarters, the Sixers had 22 rebounds. Nets power forward Reggie Evans had 23.

Evans’ 23 boards in just 27 minutes were a career-high. His 16 first-half boards were the most by a Net since Jayson Williams also had 16 on Nov. 13, 1997. Evans added two points on 1-for-5 shooting.

"Reggie was ridiculous on the boards," Carlesimo said.

Did Evans know he had tallied a career-high in rebounds?

"I didn’t have a choice but to know," he said. "My teammates were telling me after every rebound."

• The Nets are 6-1 under Carlesimo, and have averaged 102.9 points per game since he took over for the recently fired Johnson (94.5 ppg in 28 games).

Williams spoke about playing for Carlesimo.

"He’s gonna get on you. You can probably hear him where you guys were sitting today," Williams joked. "He’s gonna yell. He’s gonna get angry. But he knows guys are gonna make mistakes, and he just kind of let’s us keep going, sits backs and watches."

• Brooklyn is 10-2 when scoring 100-plus points this season. … The Nets are 13-0 against sub-.500 teams.