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The Nets look to make up for November's loss to the Orlando Magic. (AP)

The 17-22 Brooklyn Nets may have had one of their best wins of the season Monday afternoon against their cross-bridge rival New York Knicks, but they won't have much down time to enjoy it: they'll come to Barclays Center in the snowstorm to take on the 11-30 Orlando Magic in Brooklyn.

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KG, Paul, Joe, Shaun, & the Nets took the Knicks to school on their home court. (AP)

KG, Paul, Joe, Shaun, & the Nets took the Knicks to school on their home court. (AP)

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Here's a roundup of today's Nets festivities.
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Is Joe Johnson an All-Star?

Posted on: January 17th, 2014 by Devin Kharpertian Comments

 

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Joe Johnson (right) is Brooklyn's best shot at an All-Star appearance. (AP)

With the Brooklyn Nets slowly climbing towards .500, the team's had a number of bright spots emerge. Shaun Livingston's turned into a key cog with Deron Williams injured, Kevin Garnett's defense has worked wonders at center, and Paul Pierce has done damage as the team's small-ball power forward.

But through it all, there's one player that's been a model of consistency all season, that the Nets have turned to throughout: shooting guard Joe Johnson, the team's leading scorer and most likely All-Star candidate.
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+1 to whoever photoshops two bottles in his hands. (AP)

Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson told reporters after landing in London that he was running on "fumes," and that "for whatever reason, he just couldn't sleep." Turns out, through some investigative reporting by TMZ, we found out one reason why.

According to the report, Johnson threw down nearly $10,000 on seven bottles of Dom Perignon Rose Luminous champagne, two shots, and "some water," adding a non-customary-for-London $960 tip on top at Chinawhite, a high-profile club in central London.

Johnson's not normally the type to make headlines with lavish off-the-court activities, but there's certainly nothing wrong with it. We certainly don't admonish Johnson for going out and having fun. He's a professional basketball player on a trip overseas with the rights and freedoms to do what he'd like. He's certainly got the funds to enjoy his time on the road. We also hope, for the team's sake, he leaves London as victorious as his server felt.

TMZ -- NBA Star Joe Johnson -- Drops $10K in London Nightclub ... BRING THE CHAMPAGNE!

 

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Jesus, Joe. "JJ", a.k.a. Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson, scored 22 points in the first quarter vs. the Miami Heat. As you may recall, this is the second-highest point total in a quarter for Johnson this season: he had 29 points and a record-tying eight three-pointers in the third quarter on December 16th vs. the Philadelphia Sixers.

This is also just the first time all season in which Johnson has scored 20+ points in three consecutive games.

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After Monday night's victory over the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Garnett called Joe Johnson "Joe Jesus," because "he might not be there when you call on him, but he's there when you need him."

When informed of Garnett's new moniker, Joe Jesus himself remained cool. "Hey listen, it don't matter to me, man. Whatever these guys want to call me, it is what it is."

Someone joked to Johnson that he should call Garnett "Kevin Moses," rising a laugh out of Johnson. "I don't get into all the nicknames," Johnson said with a smile, before adding emphasis to the next two words: "Kevin Garnett's done a great job."

NetsDaily was able to grab video of Johnson's response:

When Garnett entered the locker room, he opened up a lane in a crowd of reporters, parting the read sea before giving his interview. He was not asked about the nickname.

 

Three straight wins. No ties. (AP)

Three straight wins. No ties. (AP)

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The answer at center? (AP)

The answer at center? (AP)

With the 7'2" All-Star center Brook Lopez out for the season with a broken foot, Nets head coach Jason Kidd may have found his replacement in the starting lineup -- 6'7" point guard Shaun Livingston.

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