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Johnson's Buzzer-Beater Lifts Nets Over Thunder

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For the second straight game, the Thunder squandered a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter to lose a home contest in dramatic fashion.

On Tuesday, it came against a first-place team. Thursday night, not so much.  

The bumbling, stumbling Brooklyn Nets (11-21) have looked dysfunctional all season, but outscored Oklahoma City 29-16 in the fourth quarter and claimed a 95-93 win on Joe Johnson's buzzer-beating fadeaway.  

Trailing 93-91 with 13 second left, Kevin Durant found a cutting Serge Ibaka, who layed it up and it to tie the game with 5.8 second left.  

But that gave Johnson and Brookyln plenty of time to find a final shot.  Johnson got the ball on an isolation at the top of the key, but Ibaka's strong defense forced the 12th-year shooting guard into a difficult leaning jumper.  It didn't matter, as Johnson's rainbow-fadeaway found the bottom of the net to shock Chesapeake Arena for the second time in a week.  

Durant's 24 points led the Thunder, while the rest of the scoring was exceptionally balanced.  Ibaka had 10 points and Perry Jones finished with 11.  Reggie Jackson and Jeremy Lamb scored nine apiece, while Kendrick Perkins and Thabo Sefolosha each scored eight.  Steven Adams and Derek Fisher both finished with seven.  

Deron Williams was on fire for Brooklyn, scoring 29 points on 10-17 shooting and 6-9 from 3-point range.  Paul Pierce added 18 for the Nets while Alan Anderson chipped in 13 off the bench. 

The Thunder outshot Brooklyn 50 percent to 44.3 percent from the floor and 40.9 percent to 37.5 percent from downtown.  The Thunder also outscored the Nets 36-24 in the paint, but OKC's 21 turnovers hurt severely.   

The Thunder (25-7) is back in action Saturday night in Minnesota. 

 

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