By the time the Wizards had a chance to catch their breath at halftime, they realized they had just 33 points.
So did Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams, who made 9 of 10 three-pointers in the first half.
The Wizards (19-41) never had a chance as they fell behind 16-0 at the start and they couldn't find Williams, who finished with a season-high 42 points in Friday's 95-78 victory at Barclays Center. He made his first eight three-pointers and ended 11-for-16 from the arc.
Wizards point guard John Wall had fits trying to slow him down. He didn't get much help as the Wizards allowed Williams to step into his shot unobstructed.
“He put on a shooting show. The nine 3s he hits, it was hard to get the ball out of his hands because it was in transition, just coming up on the three-point line,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “There’s no pick-and-roll. A situation like that, he got hot. I don’t know if I've seen anything quite like that before that he did in the first half.”
The Wizards were so stunned by Williams’ shooting that their defense fell asleep at the end of the half. Wall was caught on screen with 2.5 seconds left and Williams popped to the top of the key for the pass. Luckily for Washington, it was a rare miss.
The defense improved in the second half and held the Nets to less than 40% shooting overall. The Wizards were able to cut the deficit from 27 to 13 with nine minutes left in the game, but they didn't have enough offense to get over the hump.
"He hit six 3s that quick," Wall said of Williams' start that spotted the Nets a 22-2 lead. "We wasn't making shots all night. For him to six 3s and you're not scoring, three points add up quicker than two. That's 18 right there. It's kind of tough to get through that when you're not making any shots."