Johnson hit a tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter and then his buzzer-beating jumper at the end of overtime lifted the Nets to a 113-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.
"It's an unbelievable feeling," said Johnson, who finished with 24 points. "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."
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"The first game after [the All-Star break] is usually pretty sloppy," Williams said. "For us to get a win against a team that we lost 13 straight against is a good win for us."
The Nets were aware of their long losing streak but insist they weren't thinking about it during the game.
"[Coach P.J. Carlesimo] mentioned the streak before the game, but I don't think anybody took that out there with that on their mind," Brooklyn's Gerald Wallace said. "It wasn't anything about their streak. It was about us as team. It shows the fight we have."
Luc Mbah a Moute had given the Bucks a 111-108 lead with 2:58 left in overtime. The Nets tied the game on Keith Bogans' 3-pointer with 1:02 left.
Jennings, who scored 23 points after halftime, saw his short jumper go in and out with 15 to go. After a Nets timeout, Johnson was intentionally fouled by Mbah a Moute with five seconds left. The Nets inbounded again and Johnson won the game with his foul line jumper over Mbah A Moute.
"Joe Johnson makes big shots," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "It wasn't a shock that Brooklyn went to him. We knew that's where they'd be looking. Luc played him tough and Joe just made a great shot."
Johnson sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in regulation.
"Joe has been doing this his whole career," Carlesimo said. "The other guys did a good job with the execution and putting us in a good position, particularly the 3 at the end of regulation."
The Bucks trailed 61-51 at halftime, but outscored the Nets 30-19 in the third quarter to take an 81-80 lead.
Blatche scored 10 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Sanders' tip-in of Jennings' missed layup attempt gave the Bucks a 103-102 lead with 10 seconds left in regulation. After Williams was called for an offensive foul with seven seconds left, Jennings was fouled and made both free throws.
That set up Johnson's tying 3.
The Nets took a 56-41 lead -- their largest of the game -- on Lopez's jumper with 2:29 left in the first half.
The Nets led 31-24 after the first quarter, having made 7 of 8 free throws while the Bucks didn't attempt any.
"We've got to turn it on right from the very beginning," Boylan said. "We're not Oklahoma City or Miami or something like that. We've got to play hard for 48 minutes."
C.J. Watson added 11 points for Brooklyn.
|After draining a 3 that forces overtime, the Nets' Joe Johnson sinks the game-winning shot before the buzzer sounds. (AP)|
|Brooklyn (32-22) «||31||30||19||25||8||113|
|MIL:B. Jennings 34 Pts
MIL:E. Ilyasova 9 Reb
MIL:M. Ellis 8 Ast
|BKN:J. Johnson 24 Pts
BKN:R. Evans 9 Reb
BKN:D. Williams 9 Ast
|Players of the Game|
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|M. Ellis, PG||49||7-18||3-4||8||8||4||18|
|B. Jennings, PG||48||13-26||5-6||6||7||3||34|
|E. Ilyasova, SF||44||9-16||1-2||9||3||3||21|
|L. Mbah a Moute, SF||37||4-10||1-2||5||1||1||9|
|L. Sanders, C||27||7-12||0-0||8||1||5||14|
|M. Dunleavy, SF||20||2-5||0-0||2||2||0||5|
|E. Udoh, PF||14||1-1||0-0||1||0||2||2|
|S. Dalembert, C||11||1-4||1-2||3||0||1||3|
|B. Udrih, PG||9||0-1||0-0||0||1||0||0|
|J. Henson, PF||5||2-3||1-2||1||0||2||5|
|J. Przybilla, C||Did Not Play|
|D. Gooden, PF||Did Not Play|
|M. Daniels, SG||Did Not Play|
|T. Harris, SF||Did Not Play|
|D. Lamb, SG||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|
|D. Williams, PG||45||6-13||4-4||3||9||4||19|
|J. Johnson, SG||44||10-18||1-1||5||5||0||24|
|G. Wallace, SF||38||3-10||0-0||6||5||1||6|
|B. Lopez, C||34||6-17||7-8||9||1||0||19|
|R. Evans, PF||19||0-2||1-2||9||1||1||1|
|K. Humphries, PF||23||3-6||2-2||7||2||3||8|
|C. Watson, PG||20||5-9||0-0||2||0||6||11|
|K. Bogans, SG||19||3-5||0-0||2||1||1||9|
|A. Blatche, C||19||6-8||2-4||6||1||1||14|
|M. Brooks, SG||4||1-3||0-2||0||0||0||2|
|J. Stackhouse, SF||Did Not Play|
|T. Shengelia, SF||Did Not Play|
|T. Taylor, PG||Did Not Play|
|M. Teletovic, PF||Did Not Play|
|Complete Box Score|