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NBL PotW: Late run at MVP

IT is obviously no coincidence Brisbane's NBL resurgence - the Bullets now have won an equal season-best six straight games - has run parallel with the towering presence of All Star import Lamar Patterson.

Without question, the emergence of Will Magnay hasn't hurt one iota and neither has the decision by coach Andrej Lemanis to forego his role as coach of the Boomers for the Tokyo Olympics and concentrate on his Bullets' Class of 2020.

But it is Patto consistently being the X-Factor as he was again this round in Brisbane's vital win over Melbourne United.

"Lamarvellous" had 31 points in the 87-83 victory and shot at 57 per cent (11-of-19), including 5-of-9 threeballs. Then of course there were the 12 rebounds, four assists and two steals.

It was another dominant performance from Pattrerson, giving him his third NBL Basketball On the Internet Player of the Week award from the past four rounds!

Those three weekly wins means he also has caught New Zealand's Scotty Hopson as our most consistent player and now surely must suggest Patterson's name needs to be in any serious MVP conversation.

Melo Trimble scored 36 points in that game as well, unfortunately playing only a minor role in Melbourne's earlier win over Perth, taking him out of this round's PotW discussion.

Similarly, Adelaide's Jerome Randle scored 35 points as the 36ers punched out South East Melbourne, but earlier was a shadow of himself in the road loss at New Zealand.

Tom Abercrombie blew the 36ers off the floor in that one with 31 points, but was far more quiet in the Battle of Leaky Roof in Wollongong.

Or course Perth's league MVP Bryce Cotton went down fighting in the loss to United and hammered 30 points in the win over Sydney but for sheer impact in an absolutely key contest, it was impossible to look beyond Patterson, yet again.

Round 1 Mitch Creek (SEM Phoenix)
Round 2 John Roberson (SEM Phoenix)
Round 3 Andrew Bogut (Sydney Kings)
Round 4 Bryce Cotton (Perth Wildcats)
Round 5 Shawn Long (Melbourne United)
Round 6 LaMelo Ball (Illawarra Hawks)
Round 7 Melo Trimble (Melbourne United)
Round 8 LaMelo Ball (Illawarra Hawks)
Round 9 Daniel Johnson (Adelaide 36ers)
Round 10 Scott Machado (Cairns Taipans)
Round 11 Jerome Randle (Adelaide 36ers)
Round 12 Scotty Hopson (NZ Breakers)
Round 13 Scotty Hopson (NZ Breakers)
Round 14 DJ Newbill (Cairns Taipans)
Round 15 Lamar Patterson (Brisbane Bullets)
Round 16 Scotty Hopson (NZ Breakers)
Round 17 Lamar Patterson (Brisbane Bullets)
Round 18 Lamar Patterson (Brisbane Bullets)

Feb 3

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