Richard Jefferson; Photo: AP

The Nets finally defeated the Pistons last night, 82-64 (box score), but still trail Detroit 2-1 in the best of seven series. New Jersey led the game start to finish, scoring the first seven points of the game, and went on to hold Detroit to their lowest score of the season and a franchise playoff low. Richard Jefferson had a career postseason high, shooting 11 for 19 and scoring 30 points. It was a foul laden game, with the two teams combining for 55 fouls, and foul trouble for Kenyon Martin and Rasheed Wallace who were both limited to playing about half the game.

Last night's win gives Gothamist some hope for our bet with Whatevs (Shut up! We can dream, can't we?). Hopefully, the Nets can use this game as a building block to win three more. Jefferson will need help from the rest of the team to do that. Yes, we're still dreaming. Game 4 is Tuesday at 8 p.m. in New Jersey.

Tickets are still available for tomorrow's game via Ticketmaster online or by phone.