We will never say another bad word about Joe Johnson again. Okay, that probably won’t stick. But Johnson hit one of the craziest shots we’ve seen this year in the final seconds of regulation in Atlanta’s 107-101 OT win in Detroit. Down three, he came down, no timeout, no ball movement, straight isolation. Somehow (Rodney Stuckey must’ve forgot they were up three or maybe he was just commemorating ’80s night too hard by not playing D), he hopped back behind the line, found the separation to shoot it, and banged a wing trey with 1.9 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Johnson had just two points at the half, and then went 10-for-14 after the break, finishing with another monster night (30 points), and teaming with Josh Smith (19 points, 11 rebounds, eight dimes) to take the game over in overtime … Deron Williams and Kyrie Irving had themselves a good ol’ fashioned Righteous Kill shootout in New Jersey’s 99-96 road win. Williams, showing signs he still cares, dropped 27 and 10 assists. But Irving nearly stole it from him, going for 32 points … Ricky Rubio might be one of the worst shooters in the entire league, but his 20-foot J in the closing minutes against the Spurs sparked a game-ending 10-0 Minnesota run. The young upstarts were led by Rubio (18 points, 10 assists) and Kevin Love (18 points, 16 rebounds) in yet another win over San Antonio, 87-79. We think as long as the Wolves keep winning, Love will be smiling. Do they really have a shot at the playoffs? … Chicago (107-100) and Derrick Rose (34 points) might’ve beaten him down, but Brandon Jennings better make the All-Star Team. He gave the MVP 25, which was his sixth straight game with at least 20 points. We’ll forgive the loss because it came against a team that rarely even allows a close one at home, and because the only help he had came from Drew Gooden (23 points, 15 rebounds, six dimes), who became a good player for a night … Lou Williams (17 points) and Philadelphia had all Charlotte fans drinking heavily as they wiped the floor with the Bobcats, 89-72 … Elton Brand should suck more often. The Sixers are 6-0 when he scores less than 10 (he had four last night) … Denver ran over Toronto by 15 behind 20 and 10 from Nene … Portland did Phoenix like they did Stringer Bell, absolutely blowing out the Suns 109-71. Markieff Morris had a rookie education, getting owned by LaMarcus Aldridge (23 points). At one point after Aldridge rolled off him for an easy oop, the Blazers play-by-play guy goes, “Morris is a fish out of water. He just has no idea how to check LaMarcus” … And John Wall (17 points) had back-to-back emphatic lefty dunks at the start of the game, and it looked like Washington’s new momentum would carry over. Houston ended up beating them by 27 … We’re out like 43 threes.
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