Deron Williams, Joe Johnson shake off doubters, give Nets series lead

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DeMar DeRozan (left) struggled to keep Joe Johnson (right) from getting to his spots in Game 3.

DeMar DeRozan (left) struggled to keep Joe Johnson (right) from getting to his spots in Game 3.

The free fall of Indiana has exposed one conference titan and Brooklyn already knows Miami is a team they can play with. The disappointing ending of last season and the horrific start to this one seem more and more like distant memories. With each game, each win, the Nets confidence grows.

"This is a different team," Williams said. "It's a totally different feeling. I think we are poised to make a run."