John Wall saw Deron Williams standing near half court early in the third quarter of the Washington Wizards’ 95-78 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night and felt compelled to figure out what exactly was going on. Wall approached Williams, smiled and asked, “You ate your Wheaties or something?”

The point guards shared a laugh, but how Williams made his first eight three-pointers and set an NBA record for three-pointers in a half (nine) was beyond explanation.

Williams finished with a career-high 11 threes — coming one shy of the all-time mark shared by Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall — and the Wizards could only pay their respects to the one-time all-star and be grateful that he cooled off in the second half.

“Just a hell of a shooting display,” Coach Randy Wittman said. “He got hot. Don’t know if I’ve ever seen anything quite like that before in the first half.”