Nets' Williams hits 11 threes, scores 42 points
Deron Williams made an NBA-record nine three-pointers in the first half, finished with 11 and scored a season-high 42 points to lead the...
NEW YORK — Deron Williams made an NBA-record nine three-pointers in the first half, finished with 11 and scored a season-high 42 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 95-78 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
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 three-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.
"Deron, he was hot like fish grease," said Nets forward Reggie Evans.
MIAMI — LeBron James scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, Dwyane Wade added 22 points and the Miami Heat won again, pulling away late to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 102-93 for their 17th straight victory.
Chris Bosh scored 16 points, Ray Allen added 12 and Shane Battier scored 11 for the Heat, which matched the 12th-longest winning streak in NBA history and became the first team in the league to clinch a playoff spot this season.
• Jason Terry from Franklin High School hit a tiebreaking three-pointer with 35 seconds left in overtime as the host Boston Celtics rallied after blowing a big lead in regulation and beat the Atlanta Hawks 107-102.
• Kobe Bryant hit the tying three-pointer with five seconds left in regulation, then dunked for the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds left in overtime, helping the host Los Angeles Lakers beat the Toronto Raptors 118-116.
• Chandler Parsons scored 26 points as the Houston Rockets beat the host Golden State Warriors 94-88. Ex-Cougar Klay Thompson scored 22 points for Golden State.
• Damian Lillard had 35 points and nine assists and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the host San Antonio Spurs 136-106 to set a record for most points by an opponent at the AT&T Center.
• Injured Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is "not quite" ready to return from his knee injury, coach Tom Thibodeau said. The 2011 NBA MVP continues to practice without restrictions, but his return from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee remains up in the air.