Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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BY JIM HAGUE NEW YORK – Joe Johnson, the Brooklyn Nets' All-Star shooting guard, was battling a crippling head cold, one that kept him up all night Thursday. Then, as the Nets took on the Phoenix Suns Friday night, they lost their starting small forward Gerald Wallace to bruised ribs just six minutes into the game, then watched their franchise All-Star point guard Deron Williams go down with a deep thigh contusion in the third quarter. But the Brooklyn Nets turned to their bench to help them come from behind with a tenacious second half defense, holding the Suns to just 26 second-half points en route to a 99-79 victory over the beleaguered Suns at the Barclays Center. At one point during the game, the Nets actually trailed the Suns, a team that had lost 11 straight road games and nine of 10 overall, by 11 points. "It was headed to the point where it wasn't worth it," Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo said. "Considering the circumstances, I thought we were alm...
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