Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/4/13
WASHINGTON -- Joe Johnson sank the game-winning jumper with 0.7 seconds remaining in double-overtime, and Brook Lopez had 27 points and 13 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets survived for a wild 115-113 win over the Washington Wizards on Friday. After the Wizards drained final-second shots to force both overtime sessions, Johnson returned the favor with a deep bomb from the right wing after Bradley Beal's free throws tied the game with 9.1 seconds remaining. Deron Williams finished with 24 points and 10 assists for the Nets (18-15). Brooklyn trailed after each of the first three quarters, but held leads with less than four seconds in both regulation and overtime only to see the Wizards (4-27), owners of the NBA's worst record, twice comeup clutch. Nene's running hook with 0.8 left in regulation forced the first overtime and Beal's buzzer-beating 3-pointer sent the game into a second extra session. Beal's heroics came after the Nets pulled ahead 104-101 with 3.4 seconds remaining following an 11-0 run. Beal scored a career-high 24 points, Jordan Crawford had 23 and Nene 20 for the Wizards, losers of fourstraight and 12 of 13. The Nets led 111-106 with 3:21 left in the second overtime. Washington eventually tied the game for the 10th and final time with four free throws, the last two by Beal setting up Johnson's game-winner. Playing his first game in Washington since being amnestied by the Wizards this past summer after seven seasons, Andray Blatche had 13 points and 12 rebounds for the Nets, winners of two straight road games. Both teams clanked throughout the final stretch of regulation and Crawford's acrobatic layup with 56 seconds left ended Washington's four-minute scoring drought and tied the game at 91. After both teams had empty possessions, Lopez slammed home a Gerald Wallace miss with 3.2 seconds remaining. Following a timeout, Nene received the inbounds pass in the lane and his running hook with 0.8 tied the game. Washington scored the first six points of the first overtime and led 101-93 with 1:27 remaining only to see the Nets score 11 straight over the final 74 seconds. Two free throws each from Lopez and Williams put Brooklyn ahead 104-101, but once again, the Wizards proved timely. The inbounds pass from the side found Beal near the top of the arc and the 19-year-old rookie buried the tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Blatche's often-turbulent run in Washington ended on a largely toxic note, as he became the verbal target for frustrated fans during a fourth straight losing season. The organization shut him down last March for the final 22 games over conditioning issues. Signed by Brooklyn over the summer and now a key reserve, Blatche entered the game around the seven-minute mark. Every time he touched the ball, the fans loudly sent a chorus of expected boos his way, but Blatche helped silence the crowd with seven points during a 12-4 spurt closing the third quarter. Down 79-78 after three, the Nets took their first lead at 86-84 on a Marshon Brooks layup. The NBA's lowest scoring team, Washington matched its season-high with 30 first-quarter points and led 55-52 at halftime. Both teams shot over 54 percent from the floor and made 11 3-pointers including a stretch of five consecutive by the Nets, three from Williams. Notes: The Nets improved their road record to 7-8. The Wizards have lost 13 of 15 at home. ... Beal ended 2012 by missing his last 17 3-point attempts. Since the calendar flipped, the Wizards first-round pick is 8 of 15 from beyond the arc in three games. ... Brooklyn played without forward Kris Humphries (sprained left ankle) and guard C.J. Watson (bruised right knee). ... Wizards forward Trevor Ariza (strained left calf) missed his 16th straight game, but is close to returning, possibly Sunday at Miami. Ariza along with fellow injured Wizards John Wall (knee), A.J. Price (broken hand) and Trevor Booker (knee) participated in practice during the last two days to varying degrees. ... Brooklyn hosts Sacramento on Saturday.
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