By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor – @JESchott19
Joe Johnson did it again! He hit a jumper with no time on the clock in overtime to give the Nets a 113-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
This is Johnson’s third game-winner in extra sessions this season, as he hit buzzer-beaters in double overtime against the Detroit Pistons on December 14th and at the Washington Wizards on January 4th.
Johnson also hit a three to tie the game at 105 with 1.3 seconds left in regulation that sent Barclays Center into a frenzy. It was as loud as any moment this season.
The Nets were lucky to have a chance to tie it in regulation, as Larry Sanders tipped in a Brandon Jennings miss on a layup to make it 103-102 Milwaukee with 10.0 seconds left.
On the Nets’ inbounds passs, Deron Williams was called for an offensive foul as he elbowed Milwaukee’s Monta Ellis with 7.7 seconds left. Williams and Nets Head Coach P.J. Carlesimo were very angry with the call.
The Nets fouled Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings on the inbounds and he hit two free throws to make it 105-102.
There was no question who the ball was going to when the Nets got the ball back with 5.2 seconds left: Johnson, who got the ball from Williams and hit a three with 1.3 seconds left. Brandon Jennings missed a last-second heave as it rimmed out.
The end of overtime was just as crazy. The game was tied at 111, and Brandon Jennings missed a 7-foot jumperwith 10.9 seconds left. Gerald Wallace rebounded and got the ball to Johnson, who was set up to the right side of the hoop.
Carlesimo called timeout with 10.5 seconds left. Johnson threw it up anyway, and it went in, eliciting a sigh from the crowd at the questionable timeout.
Milwaukee had a foul to give, so Luc Mbah a Moute fouled Williams with 5.2 left, just enough time for Johnson to hit the game-winner.
Johnson said of the game-winning shot, “I just try to do a great job, try to get space and make the best play possible. Like I’ve said over and over, my teammates have the utmost confidence in me in the huddle, and I just try to come through in the big moments. It’s an unbelievable feeling. Regardless of the situation, whether it’s regular season or playoffs, it’s always a great feeling, and just to see everybody kind of explode with excitement is probably the best feeling.”
Williams said of Johnson, “Yeah, it’s almost like you feel it’s going to go in. He’s been so successful for us in the last seconds of games, closing out games and hitting big shots for us. It makes you confident as a team. As soon as you get the ball in the right place, he has an opportunity to get a good shot off, you feel like it’s going in.”
Johnson led the Nets with 24 points, and Deron Williams and Brook Lopez had 19 each.
VIDEO: Nets Coach P.J. Carlesimo talks about Johnson’s buzzer-beater: