Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

Deron Williams sets NBA record by hitting nine three-pointers in first half against Wizards


Deron Williams put himself in the NBA record book on Friday, and he did so before the first half of the game between the Nets and the Wizards was anywhere close to being finished.

Williams knocked down nine three-pointers by halftime , including hitting 7-7 from beyond the arc before the end of the first quarter.

Williams finished with 11 threes on the night, one shy of the single game record of 12 which is shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall. He did have one shot at it, and got a pretty clean look. But it rimmed out with 1:09 remaining.

Williams joins just three other players in history to finish with 11 three-pointers made in a game — Dennis Scott (in 1996 with the Magic), J.R. Smith (in 2009 with the Nuggets), and Stephen Curry, who got his back on Feb. 27 in his 54-point performance against the Knicks.

Williams finished with 42 points on 15-24 shooting, to go along with five assists in Brooklyn’s easy 95-78 victory.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.