ATLANTA -- A wry smile came across P.J Carlesimo's face.
Just flashing back to Deron Williams' record performance barely 24 hours earlier was all it took. Williams sank nine three-pointers in the first half of the Nets' 95-78 win over the Wizards on Friday night, establishing an NBA record for the most three-pointers in a half, and finished with a season-high 42 points after canning 11 shots from beyond the arc.
"In the history of the NBA, nobody has ever had a half like that," the Nets' interim coach said before the Nets beat the Hawks, 93-80, Saturday night (Williams shot 2-for-7 from three-point range). "So that's about as strong a statement as you can make. He was unbelievable and just made the game very easy for us last night. Hopefully, he saved a couple."
Williams drained a franchise-record seven threes in the first quarter and had 33 points at the half, the same amount as the Wizards. His off-the-charts output had a lot of people buzzing.
"I saw highlights. It was pretty amazing," Hawks coach Larry Drew said. "I was just surprised how many good looks he got after he knocked the first couple down. I don't think it takes a rocket scientist to figure out if a guy gets into a rhythm the way [he did] early, you've got to really pick up on him and chase him off the three."
Williams' seven three-pointers in the first quarter fell one shy of the NBA record for a period set by former Milwaukee All-Star Michael Redd. Vince Carter held the previous Nets record of nine three-pointers set in 2006.
After collecting a career-high 24 rebounds against the Wizards, Reggie Evans entered Saturday night's game averaging 12.4 rebounds in his previous 14 contests. Evans, who had nine rebounds against the Hawks, has snatched at least 20 rebounds four times this season, tying him for most in the league. The Nets are 6-1 in games in which Evans hauls in at least 15 rebounds.