Deron Williams made an NBA-record nine 3-pointers in the first half, finished with 11, and scored a season-high 42 points to lead the Nets to a 95-78 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night in Brooklyn.
Williams made his first eight shots behind the arc, became the first player in a decade to match the opposing team’s score in the first half, and was one shy of the NBA record of 12 3-pointers as the Nets opened a huge early lead and coasted.
He missed from straightaway with 1:08 left in the game, leaving him one shy of the record shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
Williams had four 3-pointers before Washington even made a basket, his fourth giving the Nets a 16-0 lead before Nene finally got Washington on the board. Williams answered right back with one, and then clearly realizing he was in the zone, pulled up from 25 feet on a fast break and nailed it to make it 22-2.
John Wall had 16 points for the Wizards, who lost for the fourth time in five games.
Heat 102, 76ers 93 — LeBron James scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 22 points, and Miami pulled away to keep three streaks alive — its 12th straight regular-season win over Philadelphia, its 13th in a row at home, and most importantly, its 17th straight victory overall.
Chris Bosh scored 16 points, Ray Allen added 12, and Shane Battier scored 11 for the Heat, who matched the 12th-longest winning streak in NBA history and became the first team to clinch a playoff spot this season.
Down by 9 in the third quarter, the Heat took a 76-75 lead when James beat the buzzer to end the period with a 3-pointer, then took control with a 17-4 run over a five-minute stretch of the fourth.
Thaddeus Young scored 25 points for the 76ers, who lost their 12th straight on the road and 13th straight regular-season game against Miami.
Trail Blazers 136, Spurs 106 — Damian Lillard had 35 points and Portland beat San Antonio to set a record for most points by an opponent at the AT&T Center.
LaMarcus Aldridge added 26 points and J.J. Hickson had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Portland, which handed San Antonio its worst loss this season. Eric Maynor added 20 points off the bench and Wesley Matthews had 15 points.
Lakers 118, Raptors 116 — Kobe Bryant had 41 points and 12 assists and host Los Angeles rallied to beat Toronto in overtime.
Grizzlies 103, Cavaliers 92 — Marc Gasol scored 22 points and Memphis held off a late run to beat host Cleveland for its 11th win in 12 games.
Rockets 94, Warriors 88 — Chandler Parsons scored 26 points, James Harden had 20 points and 11 assists, and visiting Houston got past Golden State.
Pacers 115, Magic 86 — Paul George had 25 points and Tyler Hansbrough added 18 and visiting Indiana used a big first half to cruise past Orlando.
Bulls 89, Jazz 88 — Marco Belinelli made a 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left to lift host Chicago over Utah.
Thunder 116, Bobcats 94 — Kevin Durant had 19 points and seven assists, and Oklahoma City used a 19-0 run to start the second quarter and roll past host Charlotte for its fourth straight victory.
Mavericks 102, Pistons 99 — O.J. Mayo scored 22 points and visiting Dallas held on to beat Detroit when Charlie Villanueva missed a 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Kings 121, Suns 112 — Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points and Tyreke Evans had 25 for host Sacramento in its win over Phoenix.