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Final: Brooklyn Nets beat Detroit Pistons, 107-105, on Joe Johnson buzzer-beater

On to Chicago...


With Jerry Seinfeld watching from Jay-Z's seats, Joe Johnson let fly a buzzer-beater at the end of double-overtime to give the Nets their second straight win, a 107-105 victory over the Pistons at Barclays Center on Friday.

The Nets led by as many as 17-points in the second quarter, winning the period 36-22. But the Pistons turned the game around with a 30-14 third. Though the Nets took a couple of brief leads in the fourth, they continued to struggle offensively and a 7-0 Detroit run put the visitors up six with 1:32 left in the game.

The Nets came back though and Gerald Wallace tipped in a Johnson miss to tie the game at 90 with 21 seconds left. Brandon Knight and Deron Williams each missed potential game-winning jumpers, sending the game to overtime.

In the first OT, another huge offensive rebound by Wallace allowed Johnson to tie the game with a runner with 19 seconds to go, and Rodney Stuckey's game-winner on the other end was long.

The Nets missed their first six shots of the second overtime, but they fell behind only three, and drives by Wallace and Johnson put them up 104-103 with 26 seconds left. Reggie Evans then fouled Greg Monroe, but Monroe missed both free throws. After Johnson split a pair with 10 seconds to go, Kyle Singler put back a Knight miss to tie the game back up with 5.8 seconds on the clock.

The Nets then got the ball to Johnson, who stroked a 22-foot, step-back jumper over Tayshaun Prince at the buzzer. Johnson said he knew it was going in from the time it left his fingers. "That’s why I kind of faded back and my trot was kind of swagged out," Johnson said. For the crowd, it was an exhilarating moment and a relief.

The Nets shot 45 percent and committed just 11 turnovers, five by Williams. Johnson led all scorers with 28 points on 12-for-22 shooting. Wallace finished with a season-high 25 points, 10 rebounds, two steals and two blocks. Williams added 17 points and six assists, while Andray Blatche added 16 points before fouling out in overtime.

Brook Lopez played 24 minutes in his return to action, showing some signs of rust as he scored nine points on 4-for-10 shooting.