‘‘It was just a hell of a shooting display.’’
It was by far the best performance of the season for the two-time Olympian, who didn’t even make the All-Star game after signing a five-year extension worth more than $98 million last summer and shooting only 30 percent on 3s before the new year.
But he’s been back at his regular level since sitting out a pair of games last month to get treatment on his ankles.
The Nets came in averaging 10.1 3-pointers over the past nine games, but Williams got there himself. He finished 11 of 16 from long range, occasionally holding three fingers in the air as he headed back down the floor.
Notes: Williams’ seven 3-pointers in the first quarter was one shy of the NBA record for a period, set by former Milwaukee All-Star Michael Redd, Williams’ teammate on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team. ... Vince Carter held the previous Nets record of nine 3-pointers, set against Memphis on Dec. 11, 2006.
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