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Joe Johnson hits game-winner in double overtime to bury the Pistons (VIDEO)

Dec 14, 2012, 11:41 PM EDT

Brooklyn Nets Joe Johnson hits winning shot over Detroit Pistons Tayshaun Prince in NBA game in New York

They don’t call him Iso Joe for nothing, kids. With the Nets really struggling to create offense once things got tight, Joe Johnson came to the rescue with multiple big buckets before hitting the really big one to finally put away a game Detroit Pistons team, 107-105 in double overtime.

There were a lot of takeaways for the Nets in this once, both good and bad. Brook Lopez looked rusty offensively in his return, but he was still able to log some solid minutes in his first game back. Gerald Wallace (25 points, 10 rebounds) was incredible on both ends of the floor, making huge defensive plays to supplement his trademark reckless forays to the rim. There were multiple times the Pistons would have put this game away had it not been for Wallace.

That’s the good. The bad? Deron Williams continued his struggles, and was exploited offensively by the Pistons’ legion of guards. Williams is a notorious slow starter — if you’ll recall, he did this last year as well — but many of his shot attempts aren’t even close right now. D-Will is shooting 38 percent from the field this year and 27 percent from the 3-point line (with 5.7 attempts a game), which puts him firmly in what I like to call, “Baron Davis territory.” To be fair, Williams does shoulder a lot of the load offensively and has to hoist a lot of attempts with very little time on the shot clock, but let’s call it like it is:  he’s not playing like a max player right now, or even a very good one. Williams was 7-of-17 with 6 assists and 5 turnovers, but was really an afterthought in the two overtime periods, which is telling of where he’s at right now.

Of course, that’s why the Nets have Joe Johnson (28 points), a player that can use his size and strength to get his shot off at anytime. Tayshaun Prince isn’t the defender he once was, but in a tie game thanks to some previous heroics from Wallace, some missed free throws, an easy putback by Kyle Singler, a blown backcourt no-call by the refs, and a myriad of other big plays and big mistakes, he found himself all alone on an island with Johnson.

After playing a game-high 52 minutes, Johnson must have wanted off that island pretty badly.  Here’s how he did it:

  1. adoombray - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:27 AM

    Haha. Press is killing D-will for 38% from the field.

    Michael Beasly? primary scorer? closest thing to a star other than the wasted Marcin Gortat on the Suns?

    37% from the field.

    signed, a Suns fan, whose season is starting to sink in.

    • abchome - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:34 AM

      D-will’s salary is 3 times beasley’s.

  2. badintent - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    DJ, That “Baron Davis territory” is harsh.The man is still adjusting to the Jersey smog after living in the clean high mountain air of Salt Lake City.Have a heart.I see him having a huge break out game against the Lakers.

    • scalfor3 - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      I think he’s had enough time to adjust by now. I do agree with you about the Lakers though, any decent point guard can have a field day against them right now.

  3. nbascreed - Dec 15, 2012 at 1:48 AM

    1. Nice to Joe developing his 1:1 game and very nice setup and step back. It’s clear to me he’s been working on getting his shot off the bounce and nice to see it paying off.

    2. I’m not sure what’s up with Deron. He’s been one of my favorite point guards and I don’t buy the end of clock excuse offered. Lot’s of good guards (1s and 2s) have the ball in end of clock situation. I know it may not be what’s causing his issues, but I would like to see him lose 10-15 lbs. I’ve always thought as he got older he’d need to slim down a little.

  4. pistoleguite - Dec 15, 2012 at 6:40 AM

    Reblogged this on NBA BY @PISTOLEGUITE and commented:
    Joe Johnson showed his abilty to clutch this close game vs Pistons !! Joe is great ! Big Win in double overtime. Nets are a very good balanced team to follow this year ! Stong Frontcourt and Smart Backcourt paces by Deron Williams !

  5. eflem80 - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    The Nets are a 20 win team who added Joe Johnson….in other words…..they suck.

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 15, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      I think you’re lying,

    • Kevin S. - Dec 15, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      The Nets were a .333 winning percentage team that added Joe Johnson, got Brook Lopez and Gerald Wallace playing, harnessed Andray Blatche’s potential, and added key bench pieces like CJ Watson.

  6. michaeljordanseviltwin - Dec 15, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Deron Williams has entered Baron Davis territory and he’s blazing the trail straight to Antoine Walker territory.

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