Last night in the NBA: Joe Johnson strikes again as the Nets defeat the Thunder 95-93



Joe Johnson fades to black over the outstretched arm of OKC’s Serge Ibaka.

Joe Johnson’s time with the Brooklyn Nets has been a lesson in patience. The 2013-14 version of the Nets — who were assembled to challenge to the Miami Heat have struggled coming out of the gate.

Johnson hit his second game-winner of the season as the Nets rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road 95-93.

Cavaliers 87 – Magic 81 (overtime) – Cleveland rallied from ten points down with a little more than 120 seconds remaining in regulation to snap a six-game losing streak. Anderson Varejao led the Cavs with 18 points and tied a team record with 25 boards. Glen Davis led Orlando with 16 points.

Warriors 123 – Heat 114 – Steph Curry (36 points) and David Lee (32 points) led Golden State to a season high total in points scored against the Heat. LeBron James led Miami with 26 points. The Heat won the battle on the glass 54-44, but trailed by as many as 15.

P Curry 36 James 26
R Lee 14 Chalmers 7
A Curry 12 James 5

Bulls 94 – Celtics 82 – Chicago was fueled by 19 Boston turnovers in a game which both teams were putrid from beyond the arc. Joakim Noah just missed a triple-double with 17 points, 11 boards and 9 assists. Jordan Crawford led the C’s with 22 points and 7 dimes.

P Crawford 22 Noah 17
R Sullinger 11 Noah 11
A Crawford 7 Noah 9

Nets 95 – Thunder 93 – Deron Williams posted a season high 29 points and Kevin Garnett added a team-high 7 rebounds. Kevin Durant led OKC with 24 points and Serge Ibaka added 11 boards.

P Williams 29 Durant 24
R Garnett 7 Ibaka 11
A Livingston 4 Jackson 5

Knicks 105 – Spurs 101 – Carmelo Anthony’s (27 points and 12 rebounds) return to the lineup helped the Knicks snap a three-game losing streak. Marco Belinelli added a career-high 32 points for the Spurs — who were outrebounded 40-34.

P Anthony 27 Belinelli 32
R Anthony 12 Duncan 7
A Udrih 7 Ginobili 12

Grizzlies 99 – Suns 91 – Zach Randolph scored 20 points and grabbed a game-high 15 boards as Memphis dominated the glass 59-40. Goran Dragic led the Suns with 33 points. Suns coach Jeff Hornacek became the first person to win NBA Player and Coach of the Month with the same team.

P Randolph 20 Dragic 33
R Randolph 15 Plumlee 12
A Conley 6 Dragic 7

Jazz 96 – Bucks 87 – Utah shot 44 percent from three-point range and won the rebounding battle, winning their third in a row at home. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 22 points and Derrick Favors grabbed 11 rebounds. The Bucks —  who trailed by as many as 15 points were led by Larry Sanders with 16 points and 8 boards.

P Sanders 16 Hayward 22
R Sanders 8 Favors 11
A Ridnour 8 Burke 4

Blazers 134 – Bobcats 104 – Portland became the first team in NBA history to drop 20 or more threes in a game twice in the same season. The Blazers were better from beyond the arc (63 percent) than the Bobcats were from the field (43 percent). Wesley Matthews led Portland with a game-high 25 points. Chris Douglas-Roberts scored 20 in a reserve role for Charlotte.

P Douglas-Roberts 20 Matthews 25
R Jefferson 5 Aldridge 15
A Walker 3 Williams 10

Sixers 113 – Kings 104 – The 76ers third straight win on the road offset a huge night by Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins scored 33 points and grabbed 14 boards. Philadelphia led by as many as 18 points and were paced by Thaddeus Young’s 28 points.

P Young 28 Cousins 33
R Turner 10 Cousins 14
A Turner 6 Thomas


One Response to “Last night in the NBA: Joe Johnson strikes again as the Nets defeat the Thunder 95-93”

  1. D.N. says:

    A lot of surprises in their own houses tonight. Good write up.