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Thunder stunned as Nets star secures shock win with buzzer beater

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The Brooklyn Nets, who have suffered such a turgidly underwhelming opening half of the season, finally had something to shout about on Thursday night after a thrilling 95-93 road victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Jason Kidd's Nets, whose owner Mikhail Prokorov was evidently willing to take the imminent financial hit in salaries and luxury tax costs this summer in order to build a roster capable of immediately challenging for a championship, have been utterly putrid in recent months, with their cause not helped by injuries suffered by the likes of Deron Williams and Brook Lopez.

Prior to Thursday's game, the Nets were just 10-21, with the pressure notably building on rookie coach Kidd.

However, Kidd was handed some valuable respite last night after a buzzer-beater from Joe Johnson - a six-time All-Star who has developed a strong reputation for his ability to remain calm in such high-pressured situations - secured a win over Kevin Durant and a much-fancied Thunder side missing explosive point guard Russell Westbrook.

On a night when Williams went off for 29 points and Durant was limited to 24, Johnson stole the show with the winning shot - a speculative long two that was nailed with Serge Ibaka, one of the league's elite defenders, draped all over him.

Watch the video of that thrilling final play above - and the wild celebrations that followed - above, with thanks to HardwoodParoxysm09.

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