Williams entered the game with seven three-pointers in the first three games of the month; he had seven with four minutes left in the first quarter, giving his team a 31-9 lead. He sat 90 seconds later and when he returned, with 7:17 left in the second period, the Wizards had yet to match his scoring output and trailed, 43-21.
Williams shook Webster with a crossover dribble, stepped back and missed but he ended the half with the record-breaker.
Williams was the only player on either team to make more than one three-pointer as the other 11 players combined to go 5-for-27.
After surrendering a season-high 38 points in the first quarter, the Wizards settled into being the defensive team they have been most of the season and limited Brooklyn to 57 points in the final three quarters.
They rallied to make the game somewhat respectable, getting within 13 early in the fourth, but they have lost five of their past six on the road.
Reserve Garrett Temple latched onto Williams and the Wizards limited him to just nine points in the second half. “When you’re hot, doesn’t matter where you’re shooting the ball from. He had a rhythm,” Webster said. “Ultimately, what we wanted to do is what we did in the second half and I’m just glad we shut off his water.”
By then, it was too late. Wittman picked up a technical foul early in the third quarter, but proved to have a sense of humor late in the game, when he decided to intentionally foul Nets power forward Reggie Evans and send him to the free throw line. Evans missed 9 of his 12 free throw attempts, including an airball, but with the crowd chanting his name, he hit two straight and Nets Coach P.J. Carlesimo pulled him to a standing ovation.
Evans finished with 24 rebounds and 11 points. “It was crazy,” Price said of Evans. “He definitely had support. But I mean, he’s a beast. He quietly controlled the game. The few times that Deron did miss a shot, he was there to get the offensive rebound.”