Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 1/21/13
NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson said his team owed the New York Knicks after dropping their last two games against their intra-city rivals. He helped pay off the debt with a huge basket late in Brooklyn's 88-85 victory at Madison Square Garden on Monday. Johnson, who scored 25 points, hit a fadeaway jumper over J.R. Smith to give the Nets an 85-84 lead with 22.3 seconds left. Brooklyn then watched Nets-killer Carmelo Anthony put up an airball with about 10 seconds left, and Deron Williams followed with three free throws in the final seconds to give Brooklyn an 88-85 lead. It held up as Smith's attempt at a game-tying 3-pointer bounced off the rim at the final buzzer. The teams played their final game during the regular season, with the series ending in a 2-2 tie. Johnson scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, including the key shot late. Williams added 14 points and 12 assists, and Brook Lopez had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets (25-16), who moved to 11-2...
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