Joe Johnson's Jumper Lifts Nets Over Thunder 95-93

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    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb (11) blocks a shot by Nets forward Paul Pierce (34) as Pierce shoots between Lamb and forward Serge Ibaka (9) in the second quarter Thursday.

     

    Joe Johnson hit a high-arching jumper as time expired to give the Nets a 95-93 comeback victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.

     

    Johnson's game-winning shot capped an improbable rally from a 16-point second-half deficit for the Nets (11-21), led by a season-high 29 points from point guard Deron Williams.

    Brooklyn trailed 77-61 late in the third quarter, but Williams scored 18 in the second half and helped set the stage for Johnson's last-second shot. Paul Pierce added 18 points for the Nets.

    Kevin Durant led the Thunder (25-7) with 24 points. Oklahoma City was playing its fourth straight game without injured All-Star guard Russell Westbrook, who had surgery on his right knee Dec. 27.

    The loss was the second straight for the Thunder, only the second time they've lost two in a row this season.

    Brooklyn 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 a 14-0 run in the closing minutes to take a 93-89 lead. Pierce scored five points during the run, while Williams gave Brooklyn its first lead since the first half with a 3-pointer to go up 91-89.

    Serge Ibaka, who finished with 10 points, tied the game at 93 for Oklahoma City with a basket with 5.8 seconds remaining.

    Johnson then took a pass from Kevin Garnett on the other end, stepped back and connected on the game-winning shot from the top of the key. Brooklyn had lost two in a row and six of seven coming into the game.

    The loss was the third in four games at home for the Thunder, who opened the season 13-0 at home.

    Brooklyn, despite its struggles this season, was up 29-26 after the first quarter — led by eight points from Williams. The Nets stayed close into the second quarter, trailing 38-37 after a 3-pointer by Mirza Teletovic.

    Oklahoma City, now 14-3 at home this season, took control after that with a 14-1 run to go up 52-38. Ibaka had two fast-break baskets during the spurt and Durant added a pull-up 3 on the break.

    Thabo Sefolosha capped the run with a jumper for the Thunder, who shot 52.5 percent (21 of 40) in the first half. The guard also gave Oklahoma City its biggest lead of the half with a free throw to go up 59-43 late in the second quarter.

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