After playing alongside Joe Johnson for the last year and a half, Deron Williams knew exactly who should get the last shot for the Nets against the Thunder on Thursday night.

“Man, it’s crazy,” Williams said with a smile afterward. “It didn’t matter what he did for the first 47 minutes.

“When the game is on the line, you know he wants the ball.”

Johnson once again showed why Williams and the rest of the Nets have so much faith in him in late-and-close situations, as Johnson’s step-back, fadeaway jumper over the outstretched arm of Thunder forward Serge Ibaka nestled into the bottom of the net as time expired to give the Nets a stunning 95-93 win over the Thunder in front of a sellout crowd of 18,203 inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

“It looked good, as soon as it left [my hand],” Johnson said. “It looked good, felt good, and it went down.”

Johnson had struggled throughout the game, going just 3-for-10 over his first 30 minutes and 15 seconds on the floor — including 1-for-6 from 3-point range.

But that didn’t stop coach Jason Kidd from drawing up a play for Johnson, or for any Net to think it wasn’t going to end in a made basket for the Nets (11-21).

“We believe,” said Paul Pierce, who had 18 points, four rebounds and three assists. “It don’t matter. I could be on fire, D-Will is on fire. … This is our guy down the stretch.

“The resume is there. He’s our guy. If he’s 1-for-15 or 1-for-20, we want him with the ball with 5 seconds on the clock.”

After dribbling down the clock to ensure the Thunder (25-7) wouldn’t get a final shot of their own, Johnson let the ball go well before the buzzer sounded, only to watch it settle cleanly into the bottom of the net, sending his teammates into a delirious celebration on the opposite side of the court.