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Anatomy of a Game Winner: Joe Johnson recounts what he was thinking last year vs. Phoenix

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Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sport

Lenn Robbins talks to Joe Johnson about, well, being Joe Cool, how he looks at those game situations when it's him against the clock, something he knows a lot about.

First, Johnson tells the Nets in-house beat writer about how he approaches the big shot moments when he makes his rep as Joe Jesus, how he lives for the moment.

"It's just being confident, honestly," Johnson explains.  "I may not show it but my body language when I'm out there on the court, at a crucial moment, crucial time, the opposing team knows I'm going to get the ball, I know I'm getting the ball. So those moments I live for because my teammates, coaching staff, they put a lot of trust in me in those situations, so I just try to deliver.

Then, Robbins asks him to go through what it was like last November in Phoenix when he took the ball the length of the court to score in the final second of overtime, leaving the Suns with no time on the clock, a true buzzer beater.

He recounts in vivid detail, a smile never crossing his face...

"I don't know if I would say the game slows down, but you have a ticker in your head. You know how much time is on the clock. As soon as I got the ball, I look right up at the clock (and think) 'Okay, I got six seconds. The six seconds I'm counting down in my head, I know how many dribbles I can take, where I can get to on the floor, but it's all just instinct.

"It's nothing that you're thinking about, like 'I'm going to do this move or I'm going to do that move.' You don't know what you're going to do. You just know how much time you have and you play off your instincts. So, as I'm coming up the court, I'm trying to get as close as I can to this basket to get a layup because in six seconds, that's an eternity ... an eternity in basketball.  So, once I looked up and seen it, I just tried to get as close as I could to the basket so I could get an easy shot.

"I know once I get to the three point line that I got another dribble or two and I'm in the paint and now I can shoot a floater from the free throw line. So I know that's probably going to be my shot. Once I cross half-court and got to the free throw line, I probably haven't even looked at the basket yet because I'm looking at the guy running next to me. He's kind of next to me, kind of behind me sorta. I got a guy in front of me. So, I'm trying to see what my instincts are going to be and how these guys are going to play me.

"Like I say, man, it's just playing off instincts."

At the end of the interview, Robbins asks Johnson if he is his 2012 modified mat black Jeep.  The seven-time all-star with the unassuming personality doesn't disagree.

"It's got a slick look to it, a pretty cool look. It's not too much, but it's not too little. It's like just right, man."  Indeed it is.