As time winded down on the United Center scoreboard Saturday afternoon, it appeared Deron Williams would headline Game 4 as the star who reasserted himself as the aggressor in the boxing match of a series between the Nets and Bulls.

Through the game’s first 45 minutes, Williams had dazzled the Chicago crowd with 30 points, nine assists and five made 3-pointers to help the Nets to a 109-95 lead. But as the Nets’ lead began to dwindle at the hands of Nate Robinson’s historic shooting performance, Williams was nowhere to be found.

His disappearing act continued into the first overtime, again in the second overtime, and by the time the Bulls had all but locked up their eventual 142-134 triple-overtime victory to take a 3-1 series lead, Williams’ performance went from one of his all-time bests to one he’d like soon like to forget.

Williams was shut out in the final three minutes of the fourth quarter, and played all 15 minutes in overtime. But in that span of 18 minutes he had just two points on 1-of-8 shooting and one assist to one turnover.

“We had a lot of mistakes in the fourth quarter,” Williams said. “When you go up 14 with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, you’ve got to find a way to put a game away.”

Midway through the fourth quarter it seemed Williams had put the game away.

On two separate occasions—once in the third quarter and again late in the fourth—it seemed Williams had put the game away. Out of a timeout the 6-foot-4 point guard connected on an 18-footer and, on the next trip down, drained a 3-pointer to extend the Nets’ lead from one to six, 77-71. The Nets used Williams’ hot shooting to take an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter, 84-76.