The Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) won thanks to the performance of backup resources without star player Kyrie Irving, who requested a trade.
Brooklyn beat the Washington Wizards 125-123 in the 2022-2023 season NBA regular league home game held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, USA on the 5th (hereinafter Korean time).
Despite reports that Irving requested a trade after the agreement to extend a long-term contract the previous day broke down, Brooklyn won despite the messy situation.
On this day, Irving was not listed on the roster. The club explained that Irving was absent due to right calf pain.
The vacancy of Irving, who scored the second most points (27.1 points) on the team after Kevin Durant (29.7 points) this season, seemed large.
Brooklyn trailed by 21 points at one point in the third quarter.
However, the guards who had been hidden by Irving played a big role.
Cam Thomas, who started the game from the bench, scored 30 points in a row in the second half alone, leading Brooklyn’s back-and-forth.
With about 6 minutes left at the end of the 4th quarter, they tied the score with an exciting dunk, and soon after, they scored 112-110 with 3 stepbacks, and even made a comeback.
Thomas was selected 27th overall in the 2021 draft by Brooklyn.
He was averaging 7.4 points in just 14 minutes this season, but he scored a career-high 44 points that day. He also recorded 5 each of rebounds and assists.
Edmund Sumner, who replaced Irving as the main guard, was also dazzling. 슬롯사이트
Sumner, who stepped on the NBA stage in 2017, has been a player who has rarely been noticed, but on this day, he also contributed to Brooklyn’s victory by shooting his personal all-time high of 29 points.
“The players changed their minds going into the game and today’s win is a reward for that effort,” Brooklyn coach Zach Von said.
Brooklyn was 4th in the Eastern Conference (32-20) and Washington was 11th (24-28).
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James’ team, the Los Angeles Lakers, lost 126-131 to the New Orleans Pelicans in an away game at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.