NBA Game Summary - Milwaukee at Brooklyn|
(Tuesday, February 19th)
Final Score: Brooklyn 113, Milwaukee 111 (OT)
Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - Down the stretch, Joe Johnson single-handedly
brought the Nets out from the jaws of defeat.
He sent the contest to overtime with a tough 3-pointer and then went on to
bury the game-winner as time expired to give Brooklyn a 113-111 victory over
the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday at Barclays Center.
"The end of game play is pretty good when it's in Joe's hands," said Nets
coach P.J. Carlesimo. "We just give it to Joe and get out of the way."
Johnson scored 24 points on 10-of-18 shooting and Deron Williams added 19
points with nine assists as the Nets came out of the All-Star break to collect
their third straight win.
Brook Lopez added 19 points and nine boards in the triumph, which helped the
Nets end a 13-game losing streak to Milwaukee.
Brandon Jennings had 34 points and Ersan Ilyasova contributed 21 points and
nine rebounds, but the Bucks dropped their fifth game in six tries.
Larry Sanders returned from a four-game absence and totaled 14 points, eight
boards and six blocks in the setback. Milwaukee will have another crack at the
Nets on Wednesday when they play the second game of the home-and-home series
at Bradley Center.
With just seconds left in regulation, the Nets seemed dead in the water after
Williams hit Monta Ellis in the face with an inadvertent elbow, resulting in
an offensive foul.
Jennings the added two free throws to give Milwaukee a 105-102 lead, but
following a timeout, Johnson got freed up off a screen and knocked down the
tying triple to send the game to overtime.
Keith Bogans began the extra session with a triple, and after the Bucks scored
six unanswered points, he buried another to knot the game at 111-111 with 1:03
left to play.
Jennings got a good look from just outside the paint with the clock winding
down, but his jumper rimmed in and out before falling into the hands of Gerald
On the game's final play, the Nets ran an isolation for Johnson, who dribbled
through his legs before rising above Luc Mbah a Moute on a stepback jumper to
sink the game-winning shot.
"Joe Johnson makes big shots," Bucks coach Jim Boylan said. "It wasn't a shock
that Brooklyn went to him. We knew that's where they'd be looking. Luc played
him tough and Joe just made a great shot."
Brooklyn was in control early during the contest, building its advantage to as
many as 15 points in the second quarter before taking a 61-51 advantage into
Jennings, however, exploded for 16 points in the third quarter, with his
second triple of the period tying the contest at 73-73. Ellis then followed
shortly after with a 3-pointer to put Milwaukee ahead and they carried an
81-80 edge into the fourth.
The Nets last defeated the Bucks on March 3, 2009 ... Brooklyn is 5-0 in
overtime games this season ... Sanders recorded a block for the 34th
consecutive game ... The Bucks have dropped four straight road contests ...
There were 18 lead changes and seven ties throughout the contest.
02/20 02:16:48 ET