The main attraction in the third season of the BIG3 has been Joe Johnson and the Triplets, as the league’s MVP has dominated in his first season, leading the league in scoring, assists, and four-point plays — and is near the top in rebounds.
Johnson has been virtually unstoppable and by virtue of that he’s likely headed back to the NBA for the upcoming season, as he has workouts lined up in the coming weeks with the Sixers, Clippers, and a few other contenders that could possibly use his scoring prowess. However, before he can look to return to the Association, he first had one more game left as the BIG3’s championship was up for grabs in L.A. on Sunday when the Triplets faced the Killer 3’s, led by Steven Jackson.
The Triplets led throughout, although the Killer 3’s hung around and kept things close for much of the game, but it was ultimately too much Iso Joe for them to handle. Johnson once again had more than half of his team’s points in the win, as he was simply too good from distance and getting to the rim dropping 28 on 12-of-20 shooting from the field.
Shake. Fade. Bucket.
Iso Joe came to play. pic.twitter.com/ECNwmwsIaL
— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) September 1, 2019
Joe hit a two-pointer to get them to 47 points and after a turnover by the Killer 3’s, everyone in the building knew who would get the ball. After getting fouled by Jackson on a reach-in and having Jackson dive to tip the ball away, coach of the year Lisa Leslie called timeout and drew up a play to free Johnson for the game-winner, and he didn’t disappoint.
Iso Joe for the BIG3 championship! pic.twitter.com/GKH3tBkOPk
— Dime (@DimeUPROXX) September 1, 2019
Johnson drilled the three right in front of LeBron James sitting courtside and the celebration was on for the Triplets. It was just the latest game-winner for Johnson, who made that a habit all season, and it’ll be interesting to see where he lands as he’s proven he’s still in tremendous shape (he didn’t rest at all during the season) and has plenty of game.