BROOKLYN - At halftime of Wednesday night's loss to the Knicks, the Brooklyn Nets engaged in a little dialogue.
For the first time in 2014, the Nets were laying an egg. It would have been easy to chalk up the performance to "one of those nights."
Not these Nets. These Nets are trying to fine-tune for the playoffs, trying to clean up the little mistakes that can turn a postseason game and a seven-game series.
"We just said, 'This is not who we are,'" said Shawn Livingston. "This isn't acceptable. We need to demonstrate the character of this team the next time out."
The Nets (41-34) represented big time Friday night, blasting the Detroit Pistons 116-104 to extend their franchise-record home win streak to 15 straight behind Livingston's team-high 23 points on 11-of-14 shooting.
"When you look at the East there's only two teams talked about, Miami and Indiana, and no one else has a chance," Nets coach Jason Kidd said before the win. "We just have to keep playing and get better and hopefully we have an opportunity at one of those teams."
There is reason for hope.
Kevin Garnett, who has missed the last 19 games with back spasms, is probable to return on the team's upcoming three-game road trip, possibly as soon as Saturday night in Philadelphia against the Sixers.
"We'll see," said Kidd. "He felt better today. We'll see how his plane ride goes and then we'll see in the morning how he feels. We would like to try to get him to go tomorrow, but it's up to him."
Andrei Kirilenko returned after missing six games with a sprained ankle. He had three rebounds, two steals and four assists.
And Mirza Teletovic rediscovered his shooting touch, scorching the nets for 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 6-of-10 on 3s.