You could say Deron Williams caught fire on Friday night, but that would be a major understatement.
The Nets’ star guard set an NBA record by hitting nine three-pointers in the first half alone in Brooklyn’s 95-78 win over the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center. He had the crowd going wild all night long – a night that he concluded with 11 total three-balls and a season-high 42 points.
However, at the end of the day, Williams was still focused on the big picture.
“I’m just happy we won, that’s the main thing. If I had done this in a loss, it definitely wouldn’t have meant anything,” Williams said, according to ESPN.com. “So all the records are good, good stories to tell your kids and your grandkids when you get older, but I’m just after one thing and that’s a championship.”
Still, it was a performance that was hard to forget.
“He was hot like fish grease,” said Nets forward Reggie Evans, who added a career-high 24 rebounds to the winning effort.
“Deron was unbelievable,” Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said.
Incredibly, Williams hit his first six consecutive threes within the first five minutes of the game, as the Nets jumped out to a 20-point lead with over seven minutes to play in the first quarter.
“It was a heat check,” Williams said of his sixth three-pointer. “I figured I should’ve shot another one after that, too. Joe [Johnson] told me I should’ve when I came to the bench.”
As a unit, the Nets did not shoot particularly well, hitting just 39.5 percent of their field goals. Williams saved the day this time, but to make a deep postseason run, they’ll need to find other guys who can knock down the trey in clutch situations.
The Nets will look to keep things rolling against the Atlanta Hawks on the road on Saturday.