Down by as many as 29 points, Jason Kidd elected to pull his starters midway through the third quarter, and none of the starting five played more than 25 minutes apiece.
For the third time this season, the Nets were overmatched by the Pistons' size and strength. Few teams have Brooklyn's number more so than Detroit does right now.
After the game, Kidd chalked it up to just being one of those nights.
[sny-box]"They got in the paint. We got behind early. We were fighting uphill all night."[/sny-box]
As they did in their first two meetings this season, the Pistons dominated in the interior, outscoring the Nets 52-38 in the paint on Friday. Over the three games they've played against Detroit this year, Brooklyn has now allowed a total of 168 points in the paint, an average of 56 points in the paint allowed per game.
Quite frankly, I'm not sure how much of a difference it would've made if Kevin Garnett hadn't gotten the night off for rest. The Pistons have flat-out dominated the Nets this year, due in large part to their size advantage, and this is one team that I would hate to see in a seven-game series come playoff time.
The Nets will get a chance to shake it off today and prepare for a home game tomorrow, but the loss in Detroit clinches a below-.500 record for the Nets heading into the All-Star break next weekend. They've come a long way since their 10-21 start, but they've still got work to do to get to where they want to be.