Mar 22, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Wayne Ellington (21) takes a shot against the Houston Rockets in the second quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Deron Williams Breaks NBA Record For 3-Pointers in a Half

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Deron Williams came out of the gate blazing last night, going 7-7 from the 3-point line in the very first quarter.

It seemed that whatever Williams threw up in the air would splash down the hole. He set an NBA record for most 3-pointers in a half, hitting nine in the first two quarters. He also made a historic mark by being the first player to equal or outscore the entire opponent team in a half, since Tracy McGrady did so in 2003. Williams had 33 points at the half, as the Brooklyn Nets went into the halftime break with a 59-33 lead.

The former All-Star scored 42 points on 11-16 from beyond the arc and dished out five assists in the game.

Williams was hot from just about everywhere but mid-range. Here is his shot chart from last night:

Deron Williams Shot Chart

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This kind of performance is just what the leader of the Nets needed. After a tiring summer at the London Olympics, Williams has not quite been himself this season. He missed out on the All-Star game this year, but is slowly finding his form again.

You can watch his record breaking first half at the top of this post.


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