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March 8, 2013 at 11:02 PM   |   Comments

Williams puts on historic 3-point show

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- Deron Williams put on an historic 3-point shooting show Friday and scored 42 points in sending Brooklyn to an easy 95-78 conquest of Washington

Williams attempted seven 3-pointers in the first 8 minutes and made them all. He then set an NBA record with nine 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 11 from beyond the arc.

He went 15-of-24 from the field overall while the rest of the team made just 17 field goals in 57 attempts. Brooklyn scored only 36 points in the second half and still won with ease.

Brooklyn's lead grew to as many as 27 points while the Nets were ending a three-game home losing streak.

Reggie Evans had a career-best 24 rebounds for the Nets. Brook Lopez was the only player other than Williams in double figures for Brooklyn with 11 points.

John Wall led Washington with 16. As a team, the Wizards made eight fewer 3-pointers than Williams did by himself.


Tiger Woods leads at Doral

DORAL, Fla., March 8 (UPI) -- Tiger Woods rode a 7-under 65 into the lead in Friday's play at the WGC Cadillac Championship in Florida.

Woods opened the day in a five-way tie for first but had eight birdies in the second round for a 36-hole total of 13-under 131 and a two-stroke lead.

Graeme McDowell, one of those tied for first after the first round, is second at 11-under after a 67. He has yet to have a bogey in the tournament.

Phil Mickelson and Steve Stricker shot 67 each and are tied for third at 10-under. Bubba Watson, another of the first-round leaders, is at 9-under for the tournament and in fifth after Friday's 3-under 69.

World No. 1 Rory McIlroy was somewhat more steady Friday, backing his first-round of 1-over 73 with a 3-under 69. He's tied for 32nd at 2-under 142.

Woods posted four birdies in the span of Nos. 4-8 and had three more over 10-13. He bogeyed the par-4 14th for the second consecutive day but birdied 16.


Ottawa ends Rangers' streak

NEW YORK, March 8 (UPI) -- Jakob Silfverberg produced the winning goal with 4:41 to play Friday, lifting Ottawa to a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers.

The Rangers rallied from a two-goal deficit to tie it, but eventually saw a four-game winning streak come to an end. New York had been trying to become the first team in the Eastern Conference to record its 10th home win.

Ottawa had lost four in a row, but outlasted the Rangers thanks in part to 34 saves from Robin Lehner. This was Lehner's third start since being called up by the Senators and the other two had resulted in overtime losses.

Four goals were scored in the first period during a span of just over 11 minutes.

Zack Smith and Patrick Wiercioch gave Ottawa a 2-0 lead, but Rich Nash and Brad Richards delivered the goals that tied it.

Almost 40 minutes went by before either side could muster another goal and it finally came on a wrist shot by Silfverberg for his fourth tally of the season.

Henrik Lundqvist gave up the three Ottawa goals on 39 shots.


Danica Patrick injured by flying rock

LAS VEGAS, March 8 (UPI) -- NASCAR driver Danica Patrick said Friday her head was "really sore" after she was hit by a rock while attending a race at a Las Vegas Motor Speedway dirt track.

Patrick, who was involved in a crash during a race in Phoenix Sunday, said Friday the rock hit her "straight in the head. Good thing I had a hat on, or I feel like there would have been blood."

"I feel like I have a concussion from last night," she joked. "It's really sore."

Patrick's boyfriend, NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., is the owner of the Stenhouse Jr. Racing team and fields dirt cars, USA Today said.

Patrick said Friday she did not believe she suffered a concussion in Phoenix Sunday after her car blew a tire and slammed into a wall.

She said medical staff cleared her after she told them she had a headache Sunday night and a sore neck Monday.

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