Johnson's jumper lifts Nets over Thunder, 95-93

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 2, 2014 at 11:17 pm •  Published: January 2, 2014
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The way Brooklyn guard Joe Johnson looked at it, it was his turn at the game-clinching shot. So he asked coach Jason Kidd for the ball on the final possession.

Johnson made the most of his last-second opportunity, sinking a high-arching jumper at the buzzer to give the Nets a 95-93 comeback win over Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

"He delivered," Kidd said.

Brooklyn (11-21) trailed 89-79 with 6:54 remaining, but used a 14-0 run to go up 93-89 in the closing minutes — surprising the Western Conference-leading Thunder (25-7).

After the Nets rallied for that four-point lead, Deron Williams — who finished with a season-high 29 points — and Kevin Garnett both missed shots that could have sealed the win.

Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka tied the game at 93 with an inside basket with 5.8 seconds left. Johnson then took a pass from Garnett on the other end, stepped back and connected on a 19-footer from the top of the key.

Brooklyn had lost two in a row and six of seven coming into the game.

"I thought we as a team did a great job in keeping the game close and coming up with the big plays, especially in the fourth quarter and down the stretch," Johnson said. "Coach drew the play up in the huddle, and the rest is history."

Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 24 points on 8-of-13 shooting. The NBA's leading scorer had scored 33 or more in each of Oklahoma City's last three games — all of which it played without All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook following his knee surgery on Dec. 27.

The loss was the second straight for the Thunder, which fell to Portland on Dec. 31. It's only the second time Oklahoma City has lost two straight games this season.

"We've just got to be better," Durant said. "It's tough to swallow, losing at the buzzer like that after being up so much."

Brooklyn, which trailed by as many as 16 points twice in the game, appeared finished at various points during the first half and even near the end of the third quarter when the Thunder went up 77-61 after a 3-pointer by Jeremy Lamb.

The Nets, however, had other plans — going on their 14-0 run in the closing minutes to take a 93-89 lead. Paul Pierce scored five points during the spurt, and Williams gave Brooklyn its first lead since the first half with a 3-pointer to go up 91-89.

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