New Zealand Breakers 93 def Townsville Crocodiles 63- This was the biggest home win by the Breakers since they also beat Adelaide by 30 points in the 2009 playoffs.
It was the equal 6th biggest ever win by New Zealand in the NBL.
It was their 20th loss to New Zealand in 35 matches and by far the heaviest, with the previous worst being by 17 points in last year’s playoffs.
The Crocs’ biggest win against NZ is 23 in 2005.
Perth Wildcats 65 lost to Adelaide 36ers 69- The first game in the new Perth Arena saw a Western Australian record crowd of 11,207 attend but the Wildcats lost their third straight game after winning their first three to start the year.
In October 1999, an NBL record crowd of 17,143 turned out to the Sydney Superdome to watch the Kings host the Canberra Cannons.
In the previous 53 trips over 30 years in heading West, the 36ers had never won more than 2 in a row.
In 2 games they have had 35 more shots from the field but lost by a combined 16 points.
Their shooting clip of 30.
7% (24-from-78) was easily their worst for the year and the 4th worst in franchise history.
‘DJ’ had only one previous game of 20/15 when he scored 21 and had 16 boards against the Crocs last year.
Adelaide’s biggest lead of the game was 8 in the 2nd term and Perth’s was 5 in the 3rd.
There were 23 lead changes in this game which is the most in the NBL this year.
Wollongong Hawks 73 def Cairns Taipans 59- The Hawks are now the only unbeaten home team in the NBL with their fourth win at The Sandpit.
Their average winning margin at home is 17 however they now have a month away and do not play at home again until December 14 against Perth.
In the final 15 minutes of the game, Wollongong outscored the Taipans 42-12.
The Visitors made just 3-from-23 (13%) over the final quarter hour while the hosts were red hot at 14-from-23 at 61%.
The bad news for the Taipans is that in their five losses to date, they have thrown away the three largest leads to lose this year.
Melbourne Tigers 67 lost to Sydney Kings 72- This was the Kings 400th NBL win.
They are the 6th franchise to get to 400 wins.
They have a 56% winning record from their games which ranks behind only Perth (57.
6%) and Adelaide (56.
5%) for success.
They rank above Brisbane (55.
6%), Melbourne (54,2%) and Wollongong (47.
They were outscored 8-14 in the last but led for the final 18 minutes of the game despite 11 lead changes to that point.
Both teams combined for 8-from-35 in the last (22.
8%) with no three-pointers from 9 attempts.
It was the 6th time in 9 games he had scored at least 20 points in a game.
In contrast Melbourne’s 15 turnovers gave Sydney a bonus 23 points.