"I don't really worry about individual accolades," the 2008 USA Basketball Olympic gold medal-winner said. "I just try to play as hard as possible, do what I have to do for this team to win.
"And when you win, and when I'm playing well, all the individual stuff will come with it."
So Williams dishes when he can, scores when he must and lets the rest unfold however it does.
Some games, he allows the likes of Jefferson and power forward Paul Millsap to do their thing.
"Some games," Jefferson said, "he'll kind of get everybody else involved — then he'll take over when he needs to."
And, in some beyond those, he serves a reminder of why a case can be made — Chris Paul, Steve Nash, Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo and others may argue — that Williams is No. 1 among current NBA point guards.
"That's what you pay players like that for. You pay them for fourth-quarter heroics, to take over a game and make plays and make big shots," Golden State coach Keith Smart said after watching Williams and the Jazz beat his Warriors. "That's why you have them. That's why your team moves from one level to another level, because you have those guys who can make those plays."
Deron Williams' last 11 games
Date. . .Statistics. . .Win/lose
Nov. 24. . .26 points, 11 assists. . .Beat New Orleans
Nov. 26. . .29 points, 12 assists. . .Beat Lakers
Nov. 28. . .26 points, nine assists. . .Beat Clippers
Nov. 29. . .22 points, 10 assists. . .Beat Milwaukee
Dec. 1. . .24 points, 10 assists. . .Beat Indiana
Dec. 3. . .12 points, seven assists. . .Lost to Dallas
Dec. 6. . .27 points, eight assists. . .Beat Memphis
Dec. 8. . .21 points, 12 assists. . .Lost to Miami
Dec. 10. . .32 points, nine assists. . .Beat Orlando
Dec. 11. . .34 points, six assists. . .Lost to Dallas
Dec. 13. . .30 points, 10 assists. . .Beat Golden State
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