NBA: Johnson edges Nets over Bucks in OT nail-biter


Thu, Feb 21, 2013 - Page 19

Joe Johnson hit a tying three-pointer in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter and then his buzzer-beating jumper at the end of overtime lifted the Brooklyn Nets to a 113-111 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

Johnson finished with 24 points, while Brook Lopez and Deron Williams added 19 each as the Nets snapped a 13-game losing streak against the Bucks dating back to March 30, 2009.

Brandon Jennings scored 34 points to lead the Bucks. Ersan Ilyasova had 21 points, Monta Ellis added 18 and Larry Sanders 14.

Jennings saw his short jumper go in and out with 15 seconds left in overtime. After a Nets timeout, Johnson was intentionally fouled by Luc Mbah a Moute with five seconds left. The Nets inbounded again and Johnson won the game with his foul-line jumper over Mbah a Moute.


In New Orleans, Luol Deng scored 20 points as Chicago snapped a two-game skid.

The Bulls took the lead for good late in the first quarter, but did not put the Hornets away until Deng’s clutch jumper from the top of the key with 44.8 seconds left put Chicago up 94-87, after New Orleans had pulled within five points on Eric Gordon’s three-pointer.

Carlos Boozer added 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Joakim Noah had 15 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, who outrebounded New Orleans 47-39 and had 15 second-chance points.

Gordon finished with 20, while Anthony Davis had 15 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, who saw their two-game winning streak snapped after committing nine of their 15 turnovers in the final quarter. Greivis Vasquez had 11 points and 10 assists.


In Auburn Hills, Michigan, Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph had his 31st double-double as Memphis won their fourth straight game on Tuesday night, 105-91 against Detroit.

Randolph had 15 points and 10 rebounds as the Grizzlies rode a strong second half to win in both teams’ first game since the All-Star break.

Brandon Knight and Jonas Jerebko each scored 13 points, while Jose Calderon added 10 points and seven assists for the Pistons, who have lost two of their past three at home.

The Grizzlies trailed by as many as 11 points in the first half, but ended it on a 23-3 run to lead 53-42 at intermission.

The Pistons managed just one basket in the final eight minutes of the half and had twice as many turnovers as field goals (8-4) in the second quarter.


In Washington, DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay scored 24 points apiece as Toronto won a matchup between slow-starting, coming-on-lately teams.

Playing with an improvised scoreboard, horn, game clock and 24-second clock because of a malfunction in the scoring system, the Raptors took the lead for good in the second quarter and won their fifth straight game, putting them one victory shy of last season’s total.

The Raptors have also won three in a row on the road for the first time since 2007 and are 6-2 since Gay arrived last month from the Memphis Grizzlies in a three-team trade.

Rookie Bradley Beal, back in the starting lineup for the first time since taking time off to heal a sprained right wrist, scored 25 points for the Wizards, who had won eight of nine at home.

In other NBA action, it was:

‧ Bobcats 105, Magic 92

‧ Suns 102, Trail Blazers 98

‧ Spurs 108, Kings 102

‧ Nuggets 97, Celtics 90

‧ Jazz 115, Warriors 101