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Nets 95, Thunder 93

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Guard Joe Johnson hit a tiebreaking jumper at the buzzer, giving the Brooklyn Nets a 95-93 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

After trailing by double digits, the Nets whittled the Thunder's lead down to 89-88. Point guard Williams gave Brooklyn a two-point advantage when he drilled a 3-pointer with two minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Thunder forward Serge Ibaka turned the ball over, and Williams followed with another midrange jumper. Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant answered with a layup to close gap to 93-91.

The Thunder (25-7) got the ball with 13 seconds left. Durant tried to dribble around forward Kevin Garnett, then jumped in the air to make a pass. The ball was deflected but ended up in the hands of Ibaka, who drove in for a layup to tie the game with five seconds remaining.

The Nets (11-21) called a timeout and threw the ball in to Johnson, who drilled a jumper in Ibaka's face at the buzzer to win the game.

Williams scored a game-high 29 points.

Forward Paul Pierce chipped in with 18 points on 6-for-18 shooting for the Nets. Johnson had nine points and four rebounds.

Durant paced the Thunder with 24 points on 8-for-13 shooting. He also racked up five turnovers to go with four rebounds and four assists. Ibaka added 10 points and 11 boards.

The Thunder were outrebounded 34-33, and they committed 21 team turnovers while losing their second consecutive game at home.

NOTES: A Brooklyn beat writer asked Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks if it is reassuring to not have the same worries as the Nets because they are a small-market team. "I don't look at ourselves as small market," Brooks said. "I look at us as we're one of 30 NBA great markets." ... As Brooklyn coach Jason Kidd continues to search for answers to his team's struggle, he changed his starting lineup. G Shaun Livingston was inserted into the rotation and F Mirza Teletovic went to the bench. "We are giving a new look," Kidd said. "There's nothing wrong with trying something new." ... Brooks is concerned that G Reggie Jackson is averaging only 1.9 foul shots per game. "It's the next part of his game, it's to get to the free throw line," Brooks said. "A lot of times he shoots it before the defense gets there. It's a skill to get to the line. There are only a few guys that get there consistently every year." ... G Russell Westbrook (knee) was in street clothes on the Thunder sideline for the first time since announcing he would be out until after the All-Star break. He was also walking without crutches for the first time.
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