Joe Johnson Forces Overtime and Hits Game-Winner vs Milwaukee Bucks (VIDEO)
Who’s been more clutch than Johnson this season?
Joe Johnson added to his burgeoning list of big shots this season, nailing two huge ones last night to ensure a last-second Brooklyn Nets win against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Per the NY Times: “It was Johnson’s fourth game-winning shot of the season, following decisive baskets against Detroit, Washington and the Knicks. The Nets, who acquired Johnson from Atlanta last July, are getting used to the thrills. ‘I wouldn’t use the word easy,’ Coach P. J. Carlesimo said, ‘but yes, the end of the play is pretty good when it’s in Joe’s hand. … It’s what he’s been doing his entire career,’ Carlesimo said. The usually reserved Johnson roared as he jogged back up the court and was mobbed by his teammates on the bench while, a few feet away, an appreciative Jay-Z — the music mogul and Nets part-owner — applauded with a look of relief. ‘It’s an unbelievable feeling, man,’ said Johnson, who finished with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. ‘Regardless of the situation, whether it’s the regular season or the playoffs, it’s always a great feeling, just to see everybody kind of explode and the excitement in the building, is probably the best feeling.’ [...] ‘Joe’s in trouble,’ said Brook Lopez, ‘because every time he gets it now, I think it’s going to go in. He’s been incredible.’ No N.B.A. player has been more clutch than Johnson this season. According to the N.B.A.’s statistics tool at NBA.com/stats, Johnson has gone 9 for 10 from the field in the final minute of games when the margin is 3 points or fewer. He is 4 for 4 in the final 10 seconds when the margin is 3 points or fewer. ‘When I get the basketball, it’s instincts, it’s reactions,’ Johnson said. ‘It’s nothing that is planned. I totally read the man who’s guarding me, how he’s playing me, that’s basically it.’”