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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.