Williams knocked down nine three pointers on his way to 33 first half points, tying the total by the entire Wizards lineup to that point. Williams was especially hot in the first quarter, burying seven threes in the opening twelve minutes.
So far this season Williams scoring and assists totals had dipped to 17.4 points and 7.5 assists, Williams’ lowest totals since his second NBA season. While those are stats most point guards would be more than pleased with, the Nets were expecting more of the D. Will of old when he signed a max contract extension during the summer.
To his credit Williams has been nursing injuries for most of the season that have limited his movement. Williams has said that a detox over the All-Star break and cortisone shots in his ankles have helped, and the results are beginning to be reflected in his play.
Friday night’s performance gave Nets fans flashes of exactly the type of explosion Williams is capable of when he gets rolling. If Williams can continue his hot shooting through the final 20 games of the season the Nets will be that much more dangerous down the stretch and into the playoffs, where the Nets currently hold the fourth seed and just a one-game lead on the Atlanta Hawks for home court advantage in the potential series.