The Nets (3-5) defeated the Phoenix Suns (5-4) tonight by a score of 100-98 in overtime.
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But the Suns rallied to send the game into the overtime. With the score tied at 98, the Suns missed their final attempt, and Joe Johnson grabbed the rebound, went coast-to-coast and laid in a floater for the victory.
After scoring just two points on 0-of-4 shooting in the first half, Brook Lopez tallied 25 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the second half and overtime.
Deron Williams sprained his left ankle in the first quarter, but Shaun Livingston turned in a dominant performance, shooting 7-of-12 for 18 points and dishing out six assists.
For the Suns, Goran Dragic finished with a double-double: 19 points and 10 assists.
The Suns held a 25-7 advantage in fastbreak points, but Brooklyn led 50-38 in points in the paint and scored 23 points off 18 Phoenix turnovers.
Jim MancariThe Nets were desperate for a win, and they relied on their closer – Joe Johnson – to get the job done and win their first road game of the season after losing their first four.
Johnson only shot 6-of-19 for the game, but he hit a few key buckets down the stretch, including the game winner.
Livingston’s effort was huge in the absence of Williams. With D-Will banged up, the Nets now know that Livingston can run the offense if need be.
The normally even-keeled Jason Kidd really wanted this game, as seen by the emotion he showed. He barely sat at all during the third quarter.
The Nets outscored the Suns 27-17 in that third quarter. Brooklyn is now 3-0 in games in which they’ve outscored their opponents in the third frame – which typically gives the team fits.
The defense looked great during the 30-4 run and also in overtime. However, this game was far from a complete effort, but it was a much-needed win nonetheless.
Brooklyn will rest up before closing out its three-game road trip Saturday night against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center. Tip is set for 10:30 PM.