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    NBA roundup: Joe Johnson lifts Nets over Bucks

    Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson rises to the occasion, hitting the winning shot in OT.
    Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson rises to the occasion, hitting the winning shot in OT.

    Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson came through twice with big shots Tuesday night and helped the host Nets end a long losing streak to the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Johnson hit a tying 3-pointer in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter and then his buzzer-beating jumper at the end of overtime lifted the Nets to a 113-111 victory over the Bucks.

    ‘‘It’s an unbelievable feeling,’’ said Johnson, who finished with 24 points. ‘‘Regardless of the situation, whether it’s regular season or playoffs, it’s always a great feeling. And, just to see everybody kind of explode with excitement is probably the best feeling.’’


    Brook Lopez and Deron Williams added 19 points each as the Nets snapped a 13-game skid against the Bucks dating to March 30, 2009.

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    ‘‘The first game after [the All-Star break] is usually pretty sloppy,’’ Williams said. ‘‘For us to get a win against a team that we lost 13 straight against is a good win for us.’’

    The Nets were aware of their long losing streak but insist they weren’t thinking about it during the game.

    ‘‘[Coach P.J. Carlesimo] mentioned the streak before the game, but I don’t think anybody took that out there with that on their mind,’’ Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace said. ‘‘It wasn’t anything about their streak. It was about us as team. It shows the fight we have.’’

    Spurs 108, Kings 102 Tony Parker had 30 points and 11 assists to lead visiting San Antonio to its 15th victory in 16 games.


    Jazz 115, Warriors 101 — Al Jefferson scored 24 points, Gordon Hayward added 17 in his return from a shoulder injury, and host Utah handed Golden State its sixth straight loss.

    Raptors 96, Wizards 88 — DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay scored 24 points apiece as Toronto won its third straight road game for the first time since 2007 and improved to 6-2 since Gay arrived last month from Memphis in a three-team trade.

    The game was played with an improvised scoreboard, horn, game clock, and 24-second clock because of a malfunction in the scoring system.

    Suns 102, Trail Blazers 98 — Goran Dragic had 16 points and a career-high 18 assists to help visiting Phoenix snap a four-game losing streak.

    Bulls 96, Hornets 87 — Luol Deng scored 20 points and Chicago snapped a two-game skid with a road victory.


    Joakim Noah had 15 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago.

    Grizzlies 105, Pistons 91 — Mike Conley scored 19 points, Zach Randolph had his 31st double-double, and visiting Memphis won its fourth straight game.

    Bobcats 105, Magic 92 — Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson each scored 24 points as Charlotte survived a second-half comeback to hold off host Orlando.