The Brooklyn Nets entered this week in a slump before showing again how formidable they can be when Joe Johnson plays well. Strong performances from Johnson could be crucial as the Nets continue to vie for playoff position.
They'll look to avoid a fourth straight home loss Friday night when they meet the Washington Wizards, who could have a difficult time beating anyone without Bradley Beal.
Brooklyn (35-26) had dropped four of five overall while averaging 88.8 points before a 99-78 win at Charlotte on Wednesday. Johnson, in his third game back after missing three with plantar fasciitis, had a game-high 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting.
The Nets are 13-2 this season when Johnson scores 20 or more, including seven straight wins since mid-December, and 22-24 when he scores 19 or fewer or doesn't play. He's shot 38.9 percent in those sub-20 games, compared to 51.9 percent otherwise.
Deron Williams, who has scored at least 20 in four of his last five, chipped in 20 points and eight ass...