AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 3 (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons have not forgotten last year's playoffs.

The Pistons held the New Jersey Nets to the second-lowest point total in NBA playoff history and rolled to a 78-56 rout in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

New Jersey swept Detroit in last season's conference finals, but the tables were turned in the playoff rematch. The Nets barely eclipsed the dubious mark of 54 points, set by the Utah Jazz against the Chicago Bulls in the 1998 NBA Finals.

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"Last year, they came in and got the best of us in four games. It was very important for us to get this first game, and to play the way that we played," Detroit forward Tayshaun Prince said. "By what they did to us last year, we knew what they're capable of doing."

New Jersey shot a team record-low 27 percent (19-of-70) and shattered its previous playoff worst of 76 points, set in a victory over Detroit in the opener of last year's series.

"They haven't changed defense one bit from the way they played during the regular season, and we didn't shoot 27 percent in those games," New Jersey forward Kenyon Martin said. "We missed shots that we normally knock down. You're not going to win any games when you shoot like that."

"I take a lot of the responsibility with the play-calling, but we'll find a way to get better," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "Tonight they were the better team and you have to give their defense credit, but it's just one game."

The Pistons had a 37-27 lead after the lowest-scoring first half in postseason history, then pulled away in the third quarter. Prince scored six points during a 22-3 stretch that gave Detroit a 55-34 cushion, and New Jersey never recovered.

Prince finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds and Ben Wallace collected 13 and 11 for the Pistons, who had an overwhelming 48-29 edge on the glass.

Detroit was hardly dominant offensively, scoring 20 points or fewer in each quarter. It shot 48 percent (30-of-63) from the floor and outscored New Jersey in the paint, 32-16.

Kerry Kittles scored 15 points, but Jason Kidd, Martin and Richard Jefferson combined for just 28 on 9-of-36 shooting as the Nets had their 14-game postseason winning streak against Eastern Conference opponents snapped.

"I think the whole Eastern Conference needed this win," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "It's unbelievable what they've done. I laugh at people talking about all the great teams and they never mention the Nets and what they've done. Fourteen playoff games in a row and three series (sweeps), that's pretty incredible."

Kidd collected nine points, seven rebounds and six assists, Martin scored 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting and Jefferson made just 1-of-12 shots en route to eight points.

New Jersey had just 25 points at halftime and 39 points through three quarters -- both franchise records.

Game 2 is Friday at Detroit.