Two nights after going just 4-for-15 in his return to Atlanta on Wednesday night, Johnson scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half, and the Nets beat the Hawks, 94-89, on Friday at Barclays Center.
Brooklyn (24-16) has won seven straight at home, and snapped a six-game losing streak against Atlanta. The Nets are 10-2 under interim coach P.J. Carlesimo, 9-16 against .500 or better teams this season.
They nearly gave away an eight-point lead, but managed to hang on as their starters came through.
D-WILL: Coming off a 5-for-18 performance on Wednesday night, it looked like Deron Williams played with a chip on his shoulder, scoring 24 points on 7-for-19 shooting while adding seven assists. Williams had 18 of his points in the first half on 6-for-9 shooting. He has scored 20 or more points in three of his last four games. He has made 47 free throws in a row.
BROOK-LYN: Brook Lopez came on in the second half, scoring 16 of his 20 points in the final 24 minutes. Lopez also added six rebounds, and a crucial block in the final minute.
DRAY: Andray Blatche hit his first four shots en route to a 11-point, five-rebound first half. He finished with 11 points and eight rebounds -- and has hit double figures in scoring in eight of his last nine games.
GLASS MAN: Reggie Evans had 20 rebounds.
WE’RE TIED: The game was tied after the first, second and third quarters.
TURNING IT UP: Johnson and Lopez each scored nine points in the third quarter.
SLOPPY: The Nets turned the ball over 13 times in the first half.
FAST BEGINNINGS: Williams made his first four shots (two of them 3s) and had 10 points in the first four minutes. The Hawks hit seven of their first eight shots, including four 3-pointers.
WHO’S IN THE HOUSE: Jay-Z, David Price, Clinton Portis, Sergio Brown
UP NEXT: Nets at Knicks on Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.