Deron Williams sensed the disappointment from the crowd, strange as it seemed given how well he played.
He gave the ball to the open man - just what a point guard is supposed to do.
''I thought they were going to boo me one time because I didn't shoot it,'' he said.
In one of the best 3-point shooting nights in NBA history, who wanted to see him pass?
Williams made an NBA-record nine 3-pointers in the first half, finished with 11 and scored a season-high 42 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 95-78 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
Williams made his first eight shots from behind the arc, became the first player in a decade to match the opposing team's score in the first half, and was one shy of the league record of 12 3-pointers as the Nets opened a huge early lead and coasted.
He missed from straightaway with 1:08 left in the game, leaving him one shy of the record shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall.
''It kind of reminded me of my days when I fir...