WHAT IT MEANS: D-Will morphed into 3-Will.
Deron Williams finished with a franchise record 11 3-pointers and a season-high 42 points, and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Washington Wizards, 95-78, on Friday night at Barclays Center. He went 11-for-16 from 3-point range, 15-for-24 from the field, while adding five assists.
Williams set an NBA record for 3-pointers made in the first half with nine. He broke the team mark previously held by Vince Carter (nine on Dec. 11, 2006). The league record for 3s made in a game is 12 by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
Williams opened the game by hitting eight consecutive 3-pointers. He went a franchise record 7-for-7 in the first quarter -- 6-for-6 in the first 4:45 of the game.
Williams had 23 points in the first quarter -- 33 at the half.
The Nets opened the game on a 16-0 run and led 24-2. They led by as many as 27.
Williams sported high-top sneakers for the first time this season. Guess his ankles really are fine.
REGGIE! Reggie Evans pulled down a career-high 24 rebounds. He added 11 points, but shot just 5-for-16 from the free throw line. When Evans went to the stripe late in the game, the fans attempted to encourage him by chanting “REGGIE! REGGIE! REGGIE!” He left the game to a standing ovation with 3:07 left.
ON LOCK: The Nets (36-26) held the Wizards to just 35.6 percent shooting. They are 21-3 against sub-.500 teams at time of game played. Brooklyn was able to snap a three-game home losing streak.
ON THE FLIP SIDE: Overall, the Nets shot just 39.5 percent from the field and committed 19 turnovers. They have committed 85 turnovers in their past four games.
UP NEXT: Nets at Hawks on Saturday at 7 p.m.