By Jason Schott – BrooklynFans.com Reporter / Assignment Editor – @JESchott19
The Nets got Brook Lopez back on Friday night, but it was Joe Johnson’s buzzer beater in double overtime that stole the show:
Cold shooting by both Brooklyn and Detroit was forgotten in a flash, as Johnson buried a jumper with his foot on the 3-point line, and the Nets put away the Pistons 107-105.
After fleeting excitement from Brook Lopez’ return (just 9 points in 24 minutes), Brooklyn’s game was, like so many others, one of streaks. The Nets took a big lead in the second quarter and coughed it up in the third.
Just as the Nets got one injured player back in Lopez, they had a scare toward the end of the first as point guard Deron Williams was limping around with an apparent ankle injury.
He would return halfway through the second quarter and start their biggest run of the game.
The Nets were down 37-33 halfway through the second quarter, and they went on a 10-1 run with Johnson getting seven points and Deron Williams draining a three in the stretch.
It was the start of a 24-7 run that gave them a 57-40 lead. The Nets let their guard down in the final couple minutes and took a 59-49 lead into the half.
Gerald Wallace led the Nets in the first half with 15 points on impressive 6-for-8 shooting. Johnson also shot 6-for-8 from the field with 14 points.
The Nets’ malaise at the end of the second quarter carried over into the second half, and Detroit rallied to take a 71-70 lead with 3:00 minutes left in the third.
Detroit outscored the Nets by 30-14 in the third quarter to take a 77-73 lead, and were led by Brandon Knight with nine points and Greg Monroe with eight in the quarter.
The Nets hit a real dry spell in the third, as they shot just 6-for-19 from the field.
The fourth quarter began well for the Nets, as Johnson hit a three to make it 77-76 a half-minute in. Detroit held tough, and the Nets stayed within a basket and cut it back to a one-point deficit when a Johnson three made it 83-82 with 7:01 left.
The Nets were down 90-84 with 1:24 left when Williams got a layup and Gerald Wallace drained two free throws and got a put-back with 20 seconds left to tie the game at 90 and send it to overtime.
The first overtime period was a defensive affair, and Detroit held a 100-98 in the final minute. Johnson got the first of his two clutch shots (the winner being the other) when he tied the game on a floating jumper with 18.9 seconds left in the first overtime.
By double overtime, the teams were worn out and Detroit mustered just five points in the period. Johnson, who played 52 minutes, decided two overtimes was enough, and called it a night by draining the jumper at the buzzer, to finish with a game-high 28.
YOUR TURN: DOES THE WIN RESTORE YOUR FAITH IN THE NETS? OR ARE YOU STILL WORRIED ABOUT HOW THEY LOOK?