Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/21/13
NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson wanted the ball, the way he had wanted his team to be regarded as the city's best, as he dubbed the Nets before the season. It was the last minute of the last regular-season matchup this year between the Nets and the New York Knicks and the Madison Square Garden crowd, fueled by the tension of the previous games in the budding intra-city rivalry, roared "Defense! Defense!" Down one, the Nets designed a play for center Brook Lopez, but he was double-teamed, so he passed to point guard Deron Williams, who found Johnson, the man who had said the Nets owed the Knicks after dropping the last two games. Johnson then helped pay the debt, and did his best to help Brooklyn make its case as the city's best team. His fadeaway jumper over J.R. Smith with 22.3 seconds left gave the Nets a one-point lead and they would go on to an 88-85 win Monday. They survived a frenzied final minute after Nets-killer Carmelo Anthony put up an air ball and Smi...
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