The Brooklyn Nets and Joe Johnson started the year out pretty slow, as the Eastern Conference powerhouse has struggled mightily. Perhaps the struggles are about to go away? Johnson almost single-handedly dismantled the Philadelphia 76ers Monday evening, putting up one of the best individual performances of this young NBA season.
Despite missing Brook Lopez, the Nets got off to a quick start against the Sixers and would not relinquish their lead throughout the game, winning the contest 130-94. For one of the slowest offenses this season, putting up 130 points against any team is an impressive accomplishment and no one was more impressive than Johnson.
Johnson scored 37 points and shot 10-14 from beyond the arc. His eight 3-pointers in the third-quarter tied Michael Redd’s NBA record for 3-point makes in a single quarter.
You can watch the highlights of that quarter in the video above. Johnson was getting some good looks from deep early on and was moving well off the ball. Eventually, he really started cooking and was making shots over his opponents. It’s really fascinating to watch a player when he is in “the zone” and Johnson certainly was just that. Towards the end of the quarter, you can see Deron Williams waiting for the outlet pass after the Nets inbound the ball, but Johnson ignores his point guard only to bring the ball up himself and instantly pull up for three. A terrific performance by the former All-Star.