Joe Johnson is known for being money in the closing seconds of games, and he did it again on Monday night against Denver.
With the Nets trailing by two, Johnson hit a circus, buzzer-beating three pointer to give Brooklyn a 105-104 victory.
"The play wasn't designed for me because we were only down two," Johnson explained to reporters after the game. "It was designed to try to get Brook [Lopez] the ball in the paint and get a layup or easy deuce and go into overtime.
"Obviously when I came up to the top of the key, I was wide open. Markel [Brown] saw me and I knew I had one-point-something [on the clock], so I had enough to at least take a dribble. I was able to take a dribble and I don't even know how it went in."
"Joe actually made a good call during the timeout when I drew the play up," Nets coach Tony Brown added. "He made sure the guys had started early before the ball was handed to one of our players, so the action started early. So give him credit, he made a hell of a shot. A one-legged bank shot from [3-point range] is sure to be on some highlight reels tonight."
When Johnson's time is done with the Nets, these are the moments I'll miss. Being able to rise to the occasion like Joe can is a rare gift, and we've had the opportunity to watch him beat the clock a number of times in Brooklyn. This one wasn't as pretty as the others, but counted just the same.
Give credit to Brown for recognizing that Johnson had some space, and Joe for being able to take a dribble and at least partially square up to the basket before hitting the bank shot for the win. Those usually don't go in, but when they do, they sure are fun to watch. And we could all use a little fun here in Nets land.