Posted December 01, 2012 on AP on Fox
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Joe Johnson helped the surging Brooklyn Nets handle the absence of Brook Lopez. With Lopez sidelined for the first time this season, Johnson helped fill the void with 22 points and the Nets earned their fifth straight victory, holding off the Orlando Magic 98-86 on Friday night. Gerald Wallace added 20 points, including five 3-pointers, as all five Brooklyn starters reached double figures. ''I think we just got a little more focused,'' said Deron Williams, who finished with 11 points. ''We came in and talked as a team. Our team wasn't where we were supposed to be defensively in the first half. I think we decided we were going to lock up and get serious because we got stops and it made us get out and run and get some easy baskets.'' Lopez sat with a mild right foot sprain and is day to day. But it turned out that the Nets' hot shooting and defensive speed was more than enough to make up for what he normally provides in the middle. '&#...
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