UPDATE: Friday, March 8 at 10:02 p.m. ET by Patrick Clarke
Deron Williams scored a season-high 42 points on 15-of-24 shooting (11 of his 16 three-pointers) in the Nets' win over the Wizards. His 11 made threes are a career high and just one shy of the NBA record (via ESPN Stats & Info):
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Surprisingly, Williams' previous career high for three-pointers made in a game was eight coming into Friday night. He also surpassed his career high for three-pointers attempted in a game, which had previously been 14. And before Friday, Williams was tied for 24th in the NBA with 114 made three-pointers this season. Following his performance against Washington, he's sure to rise up the rankings.
The former Illinois star connected on seven of his nine first-half bombs during a remarkable first quarter, in which the Nets would outscore the Wizards, 38-14. Yes, Williams, who dropped 23 points on the Wiz in the opening period, was actually on pace to knock down 28 triples before cooling off.
Just a 37 percent three-point shooter on the season, it's safe to say that Williams' downtown explosion caught most NBA fans and experts off guard.
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