Johnson shines as Nets edge Bucks in OT
BROOKLYN, New York - Guard Joe Johnson hit the game-winner at the buzzer in overtime to lift the Brooklyn Nets to a 113-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday.
Johnson carried the Nets on his back down the stretch at the Barclays Center arena by nailing a three-point shot near the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.
He shot 10-of-18 from the field and finished with 24 points for Brooklyn who snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Bucks.
Point guard Deron Williams had 19 points with nine assists as the Nets emerged from the National Basketball Association all-star break to earn their third-straight win.
Andray Blatche and CJ Watson came off the bench to score 14 and 11 points respectively for the Nets in front of a crowd of 17,334.
"It's huge. When our bench comes in and plays like that, we are a tough team to beat," said Johnson.
This was Williams first game back after missing two straight with an ankle injury. He has been one of the Nets top scorers this season, averaging 16.7 points per game heading into Tuesday's contest.
Brook Lopez also had 19 points and nine rebounds for Brooklyn, who are 12-11 in the first game after the mid-season break dating back to the 1989-90 season.
Lopez is fresh off his performance in the all-star game where he had three points and five rebounds in just over 10 minutes of playing time.
Brandon Jennings had a game-high 34 points and Ersan Ilyasova contributed 21 points and nine rebounds for Milwaukee, who lost their fifth in six contests.
Larry Sanders returned after missing four games and finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and six blocks in the loss. Sanders has at least one blocked shot in his last 34 games.
The Bucks suffered their first loss to the Nets since March of 2009. Milwaukee hosts the Nets at the Bradley Center arena on Wednesday.
The Nets improved to 20-10 at home this season.
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