Deron Williams scored 42 points and set an NBA record by making nine 3-point shots in the first half to lead the Brooklyn Nets over the Washington Wizards 95-78.
Williams on Friday made 15-of-24 shots from the field, including his first eight 3-point attempts of the game, and finished 11-of-16 from 3-point range as the Nets improved to 36-26 while the Wizards slumped to 19-41.
The 28-year-old guard set an NBA mark for the most 3-pointers in one half, breaking the former record of eight shared by five players, including Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami’s Ray Allen.
But Williams finished one shy of the NBA record for 3-pointers in a single game, the 12 made by Kobe Bryant in 2003 and matched by Donyell Marshall in 2005, although his 11 3-pointers were a club record.
Williams sank seven 3-pointers in the opening eight minutes to serve notice he had more magic than the Wizards, who went 3-of-17 from 3-point range as a team and connected on just 36 percent from the field overall.
The Nets led by as many as 27 points on their way to snapping a three-game long streak. Reggie Evans grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds for Brooklyn.