After an inauspicious start to the 2013-14 season, the Brooklyn Nets appeared to be fizzling, but after winning four of their last five, they now appear to be sizzling thanks in part to guard Joe Johnson. In a 130-94 Monday night victory over the Philadelphia 76ers at the Barclays Center, Johnson tied the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a quarter with eight in the third frame.
The 8-of-10 shots from behind the 3-point line capped off a 29-point outburst in the third quarter alone. Johnson finished the game with a career-high of 10 3-pointers.
Was it bad perimeter defense, friendly rims, or an extra hour of sleep that caused Johnson’s record-tying performance? He himself had no explanation for it.
“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,” said Johnson, who finished the night with 37 points. “I can’t really explain it.”
Johnson tied the record that was previously set by Michael Redd. Johnson was also just two 3-pointers short of breaking the record for most shots from beyond the arc in a single game. In addition, he was four points short of the record for most points in a single quarter set by Carmelo Anthony and George Gervin.
With his team up 100-73 heading into the fourth quarter, Johnson had the option of staying in the game to try and make NBA history, but he chose the selfless route by sitting out of the final period.
“I asked him if he wanted out,” said Nets head coach Jason Kidd. “So he did his job. I’m not a coach that’s going to sit someone when they’re hot. I asked. He politely declined.”