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He finally missed a jumper with 3:21 left in the first period and departed with 23 points, and the Nets led 38-14 after their highest-scoring first period of the season.

Deron, he was hot like fish grease,” Evans said. “He was hot, so he kind of kicked it off and we just kept it going throughout the game.”

Williams checked back in with 7:17 remaining in the half and needed less than a minute to reach 8 for 8, and his streak ended when he was short on a step-back attempt from beyond the arc with 5:50 to go.

But when he struck again with 1:07 remaining, he and the Wizards were deadlocked at 33, and he just missed outscoring them for the half when he missed an open 3-pointer off an inbound pass with 0.7 seconds to go.

“I hit the first couple and just they were those shots where when they leave your hand they feel like they’re good, and so I just kept shooting them,” Williams said.

Tracy McGrady is the last player to equal or surpass the opposing team in the first half when he outscored the Denver Nuggets 37-32 on March 9, 2003, according to STATS.

Washington cut Brooklyn’s 59-33 halftime lead to 74-58 after three, and tried to get closer by intentionally fouling Evans, who came in shooting 50.4 percent at the line. He missed five in a row at one point, including an airball that might’ve been 2 feet short.

But with fans standing and booming chants of “Reggie! Reggie!” filling Barclays Center, he eventually hit two in a row on one trip before exiting.

“I was enjoying the moment, didn’t matter if I missed it or made it and stuff, because I was already confident we were going to win the game,” Evans said, “so I was just excited.”

Williams then knocked down one more 3, equaling Stephen Curry for the most in the NBA this season, but couldn’t add another.

“He put on a shooting show, the nine 3s that he hit,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said. “It’s hard to get the ball out of his hands because he’s in transition just coming up on the 3-point line. He got hot. I don’t know if I’ve seen him quite like that before in a game.

“It was just a hell of a shooting display.”

It was by far the best performance of the season for the two-time Olympian, who didn’t even make the All-Star game after signing a five-year extension worth more than $98 million last summer and shooting only 30 percent on 3s before the new year.

But he’s been back at his regular level since sitting out a pair of games last month to get treatment on his ankles.

The Nets came in averaging 10.1 3-pointers over the past nine games, but Williams got there himself. He finished 11 of 16 from long range, occasionally holding three fingers in the air as he headed back down the floor.

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