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