Thursday November 29th, 2012


By Ben Golliver

"You wrong for that, Joe Johnson!"

Is there any other reasonable reaction to watching this clip from the fourth quarter of the Nets' 95-83 win over the Celtics at TD Garden on Wednesday?

While the headlines went to a fracas involving Rajon Rondo and Kris Humphries that spilled into the crowd and led to three ejections, Johnson unleashed one of the highlights of the young season, toying around with a low crossover dribble combination that brought Paul Pierce to his knees.

With Brooklyn leading 74-65 and a little more than eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, Johnson isolated on Pierce on the right angle. As Pierce closed in to defend against a pull-up three-pointer, Johnson dribbled the ball back-and-forth from his right hand to his left hand, before going low, executing a series of mini-dribbles just off the hardwood. As Pierce reached down to disrupt the dribbling, Johnson sprang into action, crossing from left to right and stepping into a mid-range jumper, which he knocked down over Jason Terry. Pierce was left grasping for air in a stumbling attempt to avoid falling to his knees.

Be sure to stick around for the full highlight to see the close-up, reverse angle. Devastating and sympathy-inducing. Johnson finished with 18 points, four rebounds, six assists and one steal on 6-of-14 shooting in 41 minutes. Video via YouTube user hart4basketball

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