Joe Johnson to the rescue: the Brooklyn Nets rather like the sound of that.
Johnson did it again for the Nets Tuesday night when he hit a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation on a very tough shot and a game-winning jump to close overtime in a 113-111 NBA win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Nets had lost 13 straight to Milwaukee. Thanks to Johnson, who was 8-of-9 from the field with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation or overtime this season, that streak has been snapped. Johnson admits that his confidence is sky high. He knows that his team and coaches have a lot of faith in him.
That’s why the Nets are going to be some type of factor in the Western Conference playoffs this season. With players like Joe Johnson leading the way, it’s hard to stop them right now.
Johnson wound up with 24 points and five assists.
The 11-year pro from Arkansas continues to have quite the season, averaging 17 points, three rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. He scored 26 points in a win over the Denver Nuggets the game prior to the All-Star break.The Nets now, thanks to Johnson, are in a position to challenge for as high as a No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The No. 1 seed is a lock with Miami Heat but the others are wide open.
It’s going to be a dramatic battle to the finish for playoff positioning but Johnson gives the Nets plenty of confidence with his clutch play.