Richard Hamilton; Photo: Vincent Laforet/NY Times

Last night, the Nets took their hard earned victory on Friday night and fouled it all up by losing to the Pistons, 81-75 (box score). Now, they return to the place of their worst playoff performance, a place they needed three overtimes to win, and to face a team that has momentum. The Nets started the game with a 13-2 run, but the quick lead vanished by the end of the half when the Pistons led, 50-36. In the second half, the Nets fought back coming as close as two points with under two minutes left in the game, but they could not even the score. Richard Hamilton led all players with 25 points including a clutch jump shot over Jason Kidd to put Detroit up 4 with 15.5 left in the game.

Now the Nets are in Game 7, their first since joining the NBA, hoping to earn a chance to defend their Eastern Conference Title, hoping that they can win in front of the rowdy Palace crowd. Gothamist also hopes that they win because we really need our Vernors fix. Despite the pre-series talk about the possibility of this becoming a 7-game series, who would have thought that a series that started so ugly could get so far. Game 7 is Thursday night on ESPN.