“You catch the ball with the seams and you feel like every time it comes out of your hands it’s going to go in. I can’t really explain it.” – Joe Johnson
Don’t look now but Jason Kidd’s embarrassing Nets are on fire. They have won 4 of their last 5 games and absolutely torched the 76ers last night behind the hot shooting hand of Joe Johnson. Johnson, who is averaging 16 a game for the season, scored a season high 37 points with 10 3-pointers in a 36 point win for the Nets. 29 of those 37 came in a surreal 3rd quarter where Joe Johnson tied a NBA record with 8 3-pointers and was just 4 points short of a NBA record set by George Gervin and Carmelo Anthony.
“Wait, he had 29 in a quarter?” said Deron Williams, who benefited from Johnson’s hot hand with seven of his 13 assists in the third. “Oh my gosh.”
A form of “Oh My Gosh” is what everybody who witnessed Johnson’s shooting display was saying especially when he hit a left corner 3 while being fouled by James Anderson.
What makes the performance even more special was Johnson has been feeling under the weather for the past few days but unlike just about every other player on the team, the iron man hasn’t missed a game this season and if he was feeling anything last night it was his shot as he was making it rain. Johnson’s shooting bug must have also been contagious because he wasn’t the only one feeling it from downtown as his teammates connected on 11 3-pointers to help set a franchise record of 21 3-pointers.
One player on the Nets that can relate to JJ’s hot night was Deron Williams who scored 42 points and hit 11 3-pointers last season vs the Wizards. 9 of those franchise record 11 came in the first half breaking Vince Carter’s record of 9.