BROOKLYN NETS - Joe Jo Blows The Roof Off Barclays.
Take that....! And THAT! Joe Johnson nailed a fourth quarter, last second, three-point shot to tie Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Then with the final seconds ticking away in over-time, Joe Jo nailed the game winning shot. Barclays Center exploded and claimed its first signature Nets moment of the new calender year.
That's the way the Nets second half starts - with a 113-111 overtime win over the Bucks. Significant? Yes, considering Milwaukee abused the Nets in two prior meetings this season by margins of nine, and fifteen points respectively. Brooklyn will be in Milwaukee tonight for the back end of a home and home.
The Nets are now 5-0 in overtime games, and 4-0 at home. Their lone OT road win came against Washington. The biggest overtime victory came over the Knicks in the first game between them back in November. The first OT game Brooklyn played this season resulted in a big win over Boston. The Nets also own overtime victories against the Clippers, Pistons, and Pacers.
Last night, Brandon Jennings was the game's high scorer with thirty four points. The Nets however had five players in double digit scoring. The man of the night, Joe Johnson, led the Nets with twenty four. Deron Williams and Brook Lopez each chipped in nineteen points. Off the bench, C.J. Watson contributed eleven points, and Andray Blatche dropped fourteen.
There was good team ball distribution. Deron Williams led all players with nine assists. Joe Jo and Gerald Wallace each had five assists. Reggie Evens and Brook Lopez tied for game high with nine rebounds. The Nets out-rebounded Milwaukee by a 49-43 margin. Nets received a team effort on the boards. Blatche, Joe, Humph, and Crash combined on another twenty four rebounds.
The Nets start the second half by shooting considerably better than they have in past games. They shot an improved 47.3% from the floor. Milwaukee also shot 47%, but Brooklyn killed them from three point land. The Nets hit 10/19 for 52.6% shooting. The Bucks only hit 7/20, for 35% from behind the arch.