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Jack's Big Shot Leads Nets to Their Third Straight Win, 92-88, Over Knicks

BROOKLYN – Kevin Garnett dubbed Joe Johnson "Joe Jesus" last season.

He needs to come up with a nickname for the clutch shooting of Jarrett Jack.

Jack drained a three-pointer with 13.8 seconds left to propel the Brooklyn Nets to a 92-88 win over the Knicks Friday night in Barclays Center.

It was the Nets' third straight win. The winning streak began on Monday when the 6-3 Jack drained a 17-footer over the 6-11 DeAndre Jordan, giving the Nets a 102-100 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

“The last play, where Jarrett hit the 3, it was awesome,’’ said Nets Coach Lionel Hollins. “I got excited.’’

There’s reason for excitement once again in Brooklyn, which has beaten the Knicks three times this season. It marks the first time since 2006-07 that the Nets will win the season series with their East River rivals.

The win lifted the Nets to 21-28. A Miami Heat loss at San Antonio Friday night would move the Nets back into the playoffs.

Four Nets scored in double figures, led by Brook Lopez’s 22. Johnson had 13 points, 11 rebounds and the key assist. The Knicks (10-40) got 21 points from Carmelo Anthony.

KEY PLAY: After a Nets timeout with 23.8 seconds left and Brooklyn clinging to an 87-86 lead, Jack got the ball to Johnson, who came off a pick. Johnson got double-teamed at the top of the key. He found Jack on the left wing, behind the three-point line. Jack buried the 3 and the Knicks.

KEY STRETCH: The Nets led by as much as 17 in the first half and seemed in control, up 57-45 early in the third quarter. But the Knicks used a 21-7 surge to take a 66-64 lead. The Nets were outscored 25-15 in the third quarter.

KEY STAT: In three games against the Nets, Knicks star Carmelo Anthony has shot a dismal 18 of 65 from the field. The Nets have won all three. Alan Anderson has been the primary defender.

NETS GAINS: Lopez continues to do more than score. In addition to his 22 points on 11-of-18 shooting, Lopez had nine rebounds and tied his season-high with six blocked shots.

TALK: Lionel Hollins on Anderson’s defense on Anthony: “He did a good job. He almost fouled out. Carmelo’s a tough cover.’’