Cam Thomas drops 44 factors in Nets’ 125-123 come-from-behind win towards Wizards

Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas (24) drives to the basket against Washington Wizards center Daniel Gafford (21) and guard Kendrick Nunn (20) during the first quarter at Barclays Center.

Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas (24) drives to the basket towards Washington Wizards middle Daniel Gafford (21) and guard Kendrick Nunn (20) in the course of the first quarter at Barclays Heart. / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports activities

NEW YORK (AP) — Cam Thomas scored a career-high 44 factors off the bench and the short-handed Nets rallied from a 23-point deficit to stun the Washington Wizards 125-123 on Saturday evening.

Edmond Sumner additionally set a private finest with 29 factors and Nic Claxton had 15 factors and 13 rebounds for the Nets, who had their largest comeback win of the season and swept the regular-season sequence towards the Wizards. Patty Mills added 13 factors and Royce O’Neale had 10.

The victory got here regardless of Brooklyn being with out Kyrie Irving, who was out with what the workforce mentioned was proper calf soreness — a day after he instructed the Nets he desires to be traded.

The Nets, who additionally performed with out Kevin Durant (proper knee MCL sprain), T.J. Warren (left shin contusion) and Ben Simmons (left knee soreness), additionally misplaced Seth Curry (left adductor) and Markieff Morris (sore left knee) within the sport.

Kristaps Porzingis led the Wizards with 38 factors earlier than fouling out. Deni Avdija completed with 23 factors, Monte Morris added 18 and Corey Kispert had 15 as Washington misplaced its second in a row.

Coming into the fourth quarter, Washington was clinging to a 99-92 lead however Mills, Thomas, and Yuta Watanabe scored eight factors to assist Brooklyn near 102-100. Porzingis replied with a 14-footer and two free throws to increase the Wizards’ result in 106-101.

It didn’t final lengthy.

Mills and Sumner made baskets to chop it to 106-105, however Porzingis’ three-point play pushed the lead again to 4. Thomas transformed a layup and a two-handed dunk on Brooklyn’s subsequent two possessions to tie it at 109-109.

After Washington took a 110-109 lead on a free throw by Porzingis, Brooklyn went forward for the primary time within the sport on Thomas’ 3-pointer with 5:46 left. Porzingis knocked down two free throws to tie it once more.

With the Nets forward 120-119, Morris gave the Wizards the lead once more on a pair of free throws. However Thomas made a jumper, Morris had a pull-up jumper and Thomas made a layup after which a free throw after Daniel Gafford was referred to as for goaltending and Avdija whistled for a foul — giving Brooklyn a 125-123 lead.

Washington had an opportunity to tie when Thomas was referred to as for a foul, however Morris missed each foul photographs and the Nets obtained the rebound and ran out the clock.


Wizards: Coach Wes Unseld Jr. mentioned earlier than the sport Bradley Beal was out with “left foot soreness.” Sooner or later in the course of the Wizards’ 124-116 loss to Portland on Friday evening, Beal landed on Path Blazers guard Anfernee Simons’ foot. “He was capable of get by means of, (however) you could possibly inform there have been some moments all through the third or fourth quarter when he simply didn’t transfer accurately,” Unseld Jr. mentioned. “So he’ll get re-evaluated this afternoon, this night and tomorrow.” Beal, in his tenth season, is averaging 22.4 factors, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per sport.

Nets: A lot of coach Jacque Vaughn’s pregame availability was spent discussing Irving’s commerce demand, which grew to become public Friday afternoon. The Nets entered the sport third within the Atlantic Division, fourth within the Japanese Convention, and sixth general within the NBA. “I feel you make this so simple as doable,” Vaughn mentioned. “With the group, you’re extraordinarily sincere with these guys. … So I feel that’s the method with this group: concentrate on at present. That doesn’t change. We’ve been actually good at simply locking in and doing our jobs.”


Wizards: Host Cleveland on Monday evening.

Nets: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday evening.

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