Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson hit his fourth career game-winning buzzer-beater on Tuesday night. According to ESPN Stats & Information, only two players -- Kobe Bryant and Gilbert Arenas -- have more over the past 10 seasons.
Johnson, who also hit the game-tying 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds left in regulation, is 9-for-10 this season with the game in the final minute and the margin three points or fewer. In 19 such minutes, he has scored 28 points and is a plus-30 overall. His nine field goals in these situations are the most in the NBA this season; LaMarcus Aldridge is second with six.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, prior to Johnson, the last NBA player with a game-tying basket in the fourth quarter and a game winner in overtime -- each with less than two seconds remaining in the period -- was Vince Carter, who did that for the Nets at Toronto on Nov. 21, 2008.
Carter highlighted a 39-point performance against his former team by draining a contested 3-pointer with less than a second left to send that game to overtime, then winning it by converting a half-court, reverse dunk off an alley-oop with 1.5 ticks remaining.
Also according to Elias, the Nets have now won their last 10 games that went to overtime, becoming the fifth team in NBA history to win at least 10 straight games that required OT. They join the Hornets (13 in a row, 2006-08), Spurs (11, 1979-83), Hawks (11, 1995-97) and Bucks (10, 1972-74).