Dec 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Milwaukee Bucks point guard Brandon Knight (11) and Milwaukee Bucks power forward Khris Middleton (22) defend against Brooklyn Nets shooting guard Joe Johnson (7) in first half of NBA game at Barclays Center. Nets won 104-93. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Brooklyn Nets call teammate Joe Johnson, 'Joe Jesus'

The Brooklyn Nets might need a savior to preserve their season and it’s possible he might be on their roster.

Guard Joe Johnson has had a flair for the dramatics this season, hitting multiple game winners in addition to putting the Nets in position to win games with clutch shots.

All the last second excitement has lead to his teammates referring to him as Joe Jesus, this according to

But Monday night, he scored 23 as the Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks, 91-86, at the Barclay Center for their third consecutive victory. And that performance has led to a new nickname:

Joe Jesus.

“He might not be there when you call on him,” teammate Kevin Garnett said. “But he’s there when you need him.”

The clutch shooting has been impressive, but outside of that, Johnson has been extremely sub-par.

The veteran is only averaging 15 points this season on 43% shooting – his lowest total since the 2002-2003 season as a reverse with the Phoenix Suns.

On the flip side – about time the Nets have had some fun.

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