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Johnson shines as Nets edge Knicks

22 January 2013 07:15

Joe Johnson made a clutch jumper with 22 seconds to go as the Brooklyn Nets rallied for an 88-85 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday.

Johnson gave the Nets the lead in the final minute before Deron Williams made three of four free throws in the last 10 seconds to level the season series between the local rivals at two wins apiece.

"You've got two teams in New York. They want to be the top dogs. We want to be the top dogs. It's a battle. We split. We'll see what happens next," Johnson said.

Johnson finished with 25 points, while Williams added 14 points and 12 assists for Brooklyn, who have won 11 of their past 13 games.

Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 29 points, though he was left to rue an air ball with 12 seconds remaining when the Knicks trailed by one point.

Meanwhile, Jordan Crawford made a buzzer-beating three-pointer to hand the Washington Wizards a 98-95 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Los Angeles Lakers slumped to their ninth loss in 11 games after going down to the Chicago Bulls 95-83.

George Hill scored 13 points, including a decisive free throw with 1.4 seconds to go, to lead the Indiana Pacers to an 82-81 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

Ryan Anderson had 17 of his 27 points in the second quarter as the New Orleans Hornets held on to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-105.

Al Horford posted a season-high 28 points and 10 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks came from 14 points down to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-96.

Stephen Curry scored 16 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter to guide the Golden State Warriors to a 106-99 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

James Harden scored 12 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets recovered from 12 points down to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 100-94.

Finally, Tim Duncan had 24 points and 17 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs clinched their fifth straight win with a 90-85 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers.

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