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:
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.