The Nets spent most of the last six months positioning themselves for the playoffs. Their work in the standings is now done.

“The reality of it is, come 10:30 Wednesday night, [the regular season is] out the window; same as it is for the other 15 teams,” Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo said. “The playoffs are what it’s all about.”

And everywhere Monday night in Brooklyn — from the bench to the crowd — there was evidence that something bigger is on its way.

The Nets pulled out a 106-101 comeback victory over the Wizards. It’s a victory that was meaningless in the standings, but could go a long way toward getting the Nets ready for their next challenge: the playoffs start this weekend.

So it was encouraging that the Nets needed only nine players to complete the job against the Wizards; several of the Nets’ most important players sat out because of nagging injuries. The ones who did play were impressive.

Andray Blatche and Kris Humphries led the way with 20 points each, and Tyshawn Taylor and Mirza Teletovic each chipped in with 14 as the Nets brushed aside a 17-point first-half deficit to take over in the final minutes.

It was all done with the Nets’ biggest names cheering from the bench: Deron Williams (left knee contusion), Joe Johnson (sore left heel), Brook Lopez (mid-back contusion), Reggie Evans (sore left shoulder), Keith Bogans (tight lower back) and Jerry Stackhouse (stiff neck) all did not play.

Meanwhile, Gerald Wallace returned after missing two games with a lower-left leg contusion. Wallace finished with two points in 23 minutes. Even though the game meant nothing in the standings, the crowd of 16,774 didn’t seem to mind. There was energy in the building from beginning to end — yes, the fans proved they’re ready for the postseason, too.