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“If you start thinking about the next series, you’re not going to be in the next series, so I think that what’s served us well so far is taking it a day at a time,” Carlesimo said. “If we don’t manufacture the same kind of desperation, the same kind of energy to match or exceed Chicago’s energy, than we’re not going to have to worry about who’s next.”

The Phoenix Suns are the last team to win a series after trailing 3-1, beating the Los Angeles Lakers in 2006.

The Nets believe they can do it, having built double-digit leads in each of the last four games, winning the only two blowouts in the series and appearing capable of cracking the Bulls’ respected defense. Even in Game 6, when they escaped with a 95-92 victory, they rang up 60 points in the first half.

Forward Gerald Wallace has said they believe they are the better team, but the Nets realize how difficult the Bulls will make it to complete the comeback.

“Obviously, they’re going to give us a fight in Game 7,” center Brook Lopez said.

A few Nets veterans have Game 7 experience and Carlesimo isn’t worried about the ones who don’t.

“We’re not talking brain surgery here, we’re talking a basketball game,” he said.

Chicago is 0-6 on the road all-time in Game 7s.

Opened last September, Barclays Center has quickly become a top entertainment venue _ a Rihanna concert scheduled for Saturday was postponed until Tuesday after the Nets' victory Thursday.

Now the Nets are eager for the most important basketball game there. So is Chicago’s Joakim Noah, who grew up and played in high school here.

“I think we’re ready,” he said. “It’s going to be exciting. Let’s get it done.”


AP Sports Writer Andrew Seligman in Chicago contributed to this report.


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