Joe Johnson nearly had his best game of the season on Monday night ... entirely in the third quarter. The Brooklyn Nets' swingman caught fire after the intermission against the Philadelphia 76ers and racked up 29 points in the third. He went 8-10 from behind the arc during this torrid stretch as the Nets stretched a 10-point lead to a 27-point cushion.
"My teammates kept telling me, when you catch it, just shoot it," Johnson said after the Nets' 130-94 win, via The Associated Press.
His teammates told him to shoot. Johnson obliged.
The six-time All-Star took 12 shots overall in the third and made 10 of them, including sinking a three-point shot while being fouled for a four-point play. Johnson's 29 points in the third quarter was more than he scored in all but one entire game this season. His eight made threes in the third ties a NBA record for a single quarter, according to NBA Stats.
Best of all, Paul McCartney approved.
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Johnson finished the night with 37 points, a new season high. He likely could have had more but opted to sit out the fourth quarter as the game was in hand.