Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson made Paul Pierce look like a junior varsity player on Wednesday night when he unleashed a masterful crossover that left the Celtics star on all fours.
With just over eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter of the Nets 95-83 victory over Boston on Wednesday, Johnson isolated Pierce on the right wing and went to work.
After dribbling the ball through his legs and behind his back, Johnson executed a perfect left to right crossover that brought Peirce to his knees. With his defender on the ground, Johnson pulled up and knocked down a 20-foot jumper, adding an emphatic exclamation point to the already amazing play.
After the move, Celtics announcer Tommy Heinsohn said:
“That was like a cobra there, a mongoose. The flute player just teased him.”
ESPN notes that Johnson’s spectacular play was overshadowed by a fight that broke out in the first half of the same contest and ended with three players being ejected.
With 29.5 seconds to go in second quarter Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo was booted from the game for striking Nets forward Kris Humphries in the chest after Humphries committed a hard foul on Kevin Garnett.
“Rondo took exception to the foul and struck Humphries in the chest and the two remained tangled, stumbling into the stands below the basket as Rondo continued to strike Humphries, who pulled Rondo’s jersey off during the scrum.”
Rondo, Humphries and Nets forward Gerald Wallace were all ejected following the incident. A video of the scuffle can be viewed below:
Check out the video of Joe Johnson’s ankle-breaking crossover against Paul Pierce below: