Washington’s Bradley Beal tied the double overtime 113-113 on two free throws with nine seconds left. Johnson put the Nets ahead and Jordan Crawford missed a 25-foot three-pointer at the buzzer for the loss on his home court at Verizon Center.
“That’s what big-time players do,” Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, who is 4-1 with the team, said about Johnson. “We put him in a good position to make the play, and he made the play.”
At the end of the first overtime, Deron Williams gave the Nets a 104-101 lead with three seconds left before Beal sunk a 27-foot three-point jumper at the buzzer to force the second overtime.
“Just went down to the wire,” Beal said. “There was nothing they were really doing that was killing us. We were neck-and-neck the whole time.”
The Wizards had a 10-point lead after the first quarter and owned a 55-52 halftime advantage. Crawford tied the game 91-91 with 56 seconds left in the game. Brook Lopez gave the Nets a 93-91 lead with three seconds left before Nenê tied the game at 93-93 with a nine-foot basket.
Lopez had 27 points and 13 rebounds, Williams added 24 points and 10 assists and Johnson contributed 18 points for the Nets.
Beal scored 24 points, Crawford had 23 points and Nenê added 20 for the Wizards, who have lost four straight games.
Brooklyn (18-15) is in second place in the Eastern Conference’s five-team Atlantic Division, 4 1/2 games behind the New York Knicks (22-10). Washington (4-27) is in last place, 18 games behind the Miami Heat (22-9) in the five-team Southeast Division.
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