By Ben Golliver
Nets guard Deron Williams set an NBA record by hitting nine three-pointers in the first half of a 95-78 win over the Wizards at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Friday night. The previous record of eight three-pointers in one half had been shared by Tim Thomas, Michael Redd, Ray Allen, Kobe Bryant and Tracy McGrady.
Williams, 28, failed to make the All-Star Game this season for the first time since 2009, and he entered the game shooting just 41.9 percent from the field this season. Nevertheless, Williams had 33 points at halftime, matching both Washington's entire team output and his season-high. Williams, a career 35.4 percent three-pointer shooter, also topped his career-high of eight-three-pointers, set in a Feb. 20, 2012 win over the Knicks. On Friday, he shot nine-for-11 from deep in the first half and 12-for-16 overall.
By hitting his 10th three-pointer early in the third quarter, Williams set a Nets franchise record, topping Vince Carter, who hit nine three-pointers in a Dec. 11, 2006, win over the Grizzlies. Williams finished with 42 points on 15-for-24 shooting overall and 11-for-16 from deep as the Nets improved to 36-26 .
The NBA record of 12 three-pointers in one game is held by Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who made 12 threes against the Seattle SuperSonics in 2003, and then-Raptors forward Donyell Marshall, who hit 12 threes against the Sixers in 2005.
Williams is averaging 17.4 points, 7.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds in the first year of a five-year, $98 million contract. The Point Forward recently ranked him the No. 8 point guard in the NBA.
The three-point shooting exhibition comes less than 10 days after Warriors guard Stephen Curry exploded for 54 points, including 11 three-pointers, against the Knicks in Madison Square Garden. Video via YouTube user TheBrookynGame | Hat tip: The Brooklyn Game