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Wednesday night the Brooklyn Nets were in Oklahoma City, facing a Thunder team that was more than ready to annihilate the soul-searching Nets. Instead, Brooklyn came out firing and shocked the world by defeated the Thunder 110-93.
So Friday night’s game against the worst team in the league, the Washington Wizards, should have been an easy victory. Right?
Let’s jump straight to the first overtime. After Nenê hit a running hook shot to send the game into extra time, the Wizards held an eight-point lead; securing a nearly unattainable deficit in the overtime period. But the Nets battled back in a one-minute span that would send the game to double-overtime.
In a much closer overtime period, the Wizards and Nets shared the lead. In the waning moments, the Nets called a timeout with the game knotted at 113. Coach P.J. Carlesimo drew up a play for Joe Johnson, who had ended a double-overtime spat with a game winner against the Pistons earlier in the season.
The play was called, and Johnson’s isolation shortly called for a double-team. As an extra defender ran Johnson’s way, he hoisted a mid-range jumper that found the bottom of the net with .7 seconds left in the game. The Nets would defeat the Wizards 115-113.
P.J. was happy to get out of Washington with a victory and lauded Johnson’s ability to seal clutch moments.
“(Johnson’s) a hell of a player,” P.J. said after the game. “That’s why we got him and that’s what he does. That’s what big-time players do. They put him in a position to make the play and he made the play.”
Deron Williams on the other hand has continued to up his game, finishing with 24 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds. After placing a good deal of the blame for the Nets’ recent struggles, Williams has looked good since Avery Johnson’s dismissal.
Leaving Washington with a double-overtime victory could be seen a mental loss, but coach P.J. Carlesimo doesn’t think it was lucky.
“I don’t want to say lucky, I’d say we were fortunate.”
The Nets return home to face the Sacramento Kings at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen locally on YES.
Last-second jumper by Joe Johnson helps Brooklyn Nets edge Washington Wizards in double overtime – NY Daily News
Johnson’s J gives Nets double-OT win - NY Post