The Brooklyn Nets needed a win on Friday night.
Having dropped five of six, Brooklyn had nearly erased its hot start from the record.
The most intriguing storyline coming into the game was the return of Nets center Brook Lopez, who had missed the team's previous seven games with a sprained right foot. Lopez finished with nine points and four rebounds in just under 24 minutes.
But Johnson and Gerald Wallace (25 points and 10 rebounds) stole the show. Both players played more than 50 minutes in the game, and Brooklyn needed every one of them to hold off the pesky Pistons.
Brandon Knight led Detroit with 22 points and Rodney Stuckey added 19.
Johnson may be trying to shed the moniker "Iso-Joe" (via New York Times), but he wore it proudly on this night with a beautiful step back buzzer-beater.