NEW YORK, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 04: Edmond Sumner #4 of the Brooklyn Nets dunks the ball during the second half against the Washington Wizards at Barclays Center on February 04, 2023 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

NETS 125 – WIZARDS 123

Give credit to the Brooklyn Nets. With the unwanted distraction created by Kyrie Irving’s sudden trade demands, the Nets found a way to storm back and beat the Washington Wizards 125-123 on Saturday night.

With no superstars in the lineup after Irving was listed as “out” after a sore calf diagnosis before the game — just 20 hours after he declared he wanted to be traded — the Nets relied on their youngsters and bench players to get the job done, and did they ever.

Cam Thomas led the way with a career high 44 points, and Edmond Sumner contributed 29 more in the Nets victory.

The Nets had trailed 44-25 after the first quarter, before storming back in the second half.

Back-to-back jumpers by Sumner and Patty Mills brought the Nets to within one-point at 106-105. After ex-Knick Kristaps Porzingis converted on a three-point play to put the Wizards back in front 109-105, Cam Thomas hit a layup and a slam dunk to tie the game with 6:24 to go.

Thomas then put the Nets in front twice, once on a three-pointer, and seconds later on a huge jumper to make it 114-112.

The back-and-forth nature of the quarter continued until the very end when Thomas had a pull-up jumper with 39 seconds and a layup – plus the foul – with 12 seconds to go to put The Nets up for good.