Score Strip

  1. League: NBA
  2. Golden State vs. Denver
    Live
    10:27 3rd
    66 GS
    52 DEN
  3. LA Clippers vs. Portland
    Live
    Half
    52 LAC
    68 POR
  4. Phoenix vs. Sacramento
    Live
    4:27 3rd
    60 PHO
    65 SAC
  5. Indiana vs. Orlando
    Final
    101 IND
    86 ORL
  6. Chicago vs. Charlotte
    Final OT
    86 CHI
    91 CHA
  7. Washington vs. Boston
    Final
    118 WAS
    102 BOS
  8. Houston vs. New Orleans
    Final
    100 HOU
    105 NO
  9. Brooklyn vs. Cleveland
    Final
    85 BKN
    114 CLE
  10. Philadelphia vs. Miami
    Final
    100 PHI
    87 MIA
  11. Atlanta vs. Milwaukee
    Final
    111 ATL
    103 MIL
  12. Utah vs. Minnesota
    Final 2OT
    136 UTA
    130 MIN
  13. Toronto vs. New York
    Final
    92 TOR
    95 NY
  14. LA Lakers vs. San Antonio
    Final
    113 LAL
    100 SA
  15. Detroit vs. Oklahoma City
    Final
    111 DET
    112 OKC
  16. Dallas vs. Memphis
    Final OT
    105 DAL
    106 MEM
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Ball Don't Lie

Joe Johnson forces overtime, follows with the game-winner to beat the Bucks (VIDEO)

Eric Freeman
Ball Don't Lie

As one of the disappointing cornerstones of the Brooklyn Nets, Joe Johnson has received his fair share of negative criticism this season, and not just after being dragged into ridiculous arguments about LeBron James. Yet, despite his 42.7 percent mark from the field and a PER of 14.6, Johnson has had a flair for the dramatic in his first season as a Net, hitting several game-winners to help the team to a 32-22 record. If nothing else, he's made sure that a few of his less-than-stellar games haven't ended in defeat.

On Tuesday night, Johnson added two more big shots to that ledger. With the Nets down 105-102 to the Milwaukee Bucks and 6.7 seconds left on the clock, Johnson threw an inbounds pass to Deron Williams, ran off a Reggie Evans screen around the free throw line, and received the pass back from Williams at the top of the three-point arc. He elevated for the shot in time to beat a late-closing Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, and tied the game with 1.3 seconds left. With no timeouts, the Bucks' Brandon Jennings could only manage a desperation heave at the buzzer, and the two teams went to overtime.

Johnson wasn't finished. After the jump, check out his OT buzzer-beater to give the Nets the win.

With 5.2 seconds left and the game tied at 111-111, Johnson took the inbounds pass, made a quick crossover on Mbah a Moute, and pulled up for a mid-range jumper to give the Nets the 113-111 win. It's a familiar situation, both for any end-of-game situation in the NBA and for a player who's become known for playing in isolation.

While Johnson has had his fair share of poor shooting games this season, this was not one of them: he went 10-of-18 from the field and 3-of-5 on three-pointers for 24 points to lead five Nets in double figures. Any concerns about this shot selection and long-term viability in Brooklyn — and the Nets' search for a new star — were put aside for at least a few moments.

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