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Joe Johnson leads Nets over Suns, 99-79

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm •  Published: January 11, 2013

The third quarter has troubled Brooklyn all season but they ended up turning things around this time, outscoring Phoenix 28-13.

Suns guard Goran Dragic felt as if the Nets took away any belief they had in winning the game.

"In the third quarter we barely scored any points," Dragic said. "Our chemistry and movement of the ball was just downhill. They took our confidence away."

Brooklyn went on a 24-6 run that stretched into the fourth quarter after C.J. Watson's jumper evened it 60-all with 4:25 left in the quarter. Brooks, who had his best game of the season after not playing that much under Avery Johnson, filled in for Gerald Wallace, who left the game with an injury, scored the last six points of the quarter for the Nets.

After both teams turned the ball over to begin the final quarter, Williams drove past Dragic to make it 78-66. After a Phoenix timeout, Reggie Evans, who grabbed 15 rebounds, made a layup. Williams then found Joe Johnson to make it 81-66. Joe Johnson then came back with a 3-pointer to make it 84-66.

The Nets held Phoenix without a basket for 4 ½ minutes before Luis Scola's jumper with 7:28 remaining in the game made it 84-68.

Brooklyn improved to 7-1 with Carlesimo as the interim coach but Joe Johnson, who felt ill and hardly got a good night's worth of sleep had no idea why the team has played so well after the dismissal of Avery Johnson.

"We have just bought into what P.J. Wants us to do on both ends of the floor. We are trying to get back to being defensive-minded and being the team we were when the season first started."

With 6:09 left in the first quarter, Wallace went for a dunk but P.J. Tucker contested the shot. Wallace landed on his right shoulder and laid on the floor while a Nets trainer checked on him. Wallace was able to walk off on his own to the team's locker room. X-rays were negative but he did bruise his ribs.

The Nets are 14-0 against teams with an under .500 record this season.

NOTES: Williams left the game briefly in the third quarter with a thigh contusion. . Brooklyn is 4-0 when holding opponents under 80 points this season, 11-1 when the opposition scores less than 90 and 18-5 when the opponents fail to score at least 100 points.