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Breakers break into the Four

NEW Zealand's Breakers tonight have crashed the NBL Final Four following their win in Brisbane and the Bullets' loss today to the Wildcats in Perth.

Brisbane's twin losses sent its record to 14-13, leapfrogged by the 14-13 Breakers and their superior percentage.

Melbourne United, 13-13 and with two matches left against Cairns and South East Melbourne, remains part of the equation, precious little separating all three teams as far as overall percentages go.

In Melbourne, the loss of Mitch Creek to what appeared a hyper-extended knee hurt the Phoenix's chances of eking out a great win over regular season champion Sydney.

The Kings again were down Andrew Bogut and Didi Louzada, and South East took this to the wire, Kyle Adnam with 12 of his 19 points in the final period as they forced overtime at 89-89.

Jae'Sean Tate had a chance to clinch it in regulation on Sydney's last play but missed and Brad Newley was extremely fortunate not be assessed with a foul on his rebound attempt, which sent Tai Wesley sprawling.

Shaun Bruce's corner three, which shaved the backboard, gave the Kings a five-point lead in the extension, setting up the 99-96 escape.

In Perth, Brisbane hung tough going into the final period before Clint Steindl unleashed a 3-point barrage, sticking three for the quarter to create the buffer.

Bryce Cotton had his way with the Bullets defence in the final period and Nick Kay was a monster, his 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, with 2-of-2 threes, eight rebounds, five assists a steal and a block.

Lamar Patterson fought a lone offensive hand for Brisbane which could not find the formula, despite Terrico White (four points) and Miles Plumlee (six) largely non-factors.

The round's earlier games were covered here.

(Hopson 31, Delany, Henry 15, Abercrombie 11, Ashley 10; Delany 11 rebs; Henry 5 assts) d BRISBANE BULLETS 87 (Sobey 30, Patterson 18, Cadee 14; Magnay 11 rebs; Sobey 3 assts) at The Armoury, Nissan Arena. Crowd: 3,948
MELBOURNE UNITED 95 (Goulding 20, Trimble, Long 13, McCarron, Barlow 11, Smith-Milner 10; Kidd 10 rebs; Goulding 4 assts) d ILLAWARRA HAWKS 72 (Ogilvy 15, Blanchfield 12, Boone 10; Hobson 7 rebs; Ogilvy 7 assts) at The UN, Hisense Arena. Crowd: 10,300
CAIRNS TAIPANS 99 (Oliver 31, Newbill 17, Deng, Machado 12; Oliver 11 rebs; Machado 6 assts) d ADELAIDE 36ERS 80 (Johnson 14, McVeigh 13, Griffin 11; Griffin 9 rebs; Johnson, Randle 5 assts) at Adelaide Entertainment Centre. Crowd: 7,933
SYDNEY KINGS 99 (Ware 24, Tate 17, Newley 14, Taylor 12; Cooks 13 rebs; Cooks, Newley 3 assts) d SOUTH EAST MELBOURNE PHOENIX 96 (Adnam, Roberson 19, Creek 14, Wesley 13, Madgen 12, Gibson 10; Pineau 13 rebs; Roberson 6 assts) in overtime {89-89} at The Fire Pit, Melbourne Arena. Crowd: 5,598
PERTH WILDCATS 85 (Cotton 25, Kay 23, Steindl 14; Kay 8 rebs; Kay, Cotton 5 assts) d BRISBANE BULLETS 72 (Patterson 25, Hodgson, Sobey 11; Patterson 11 rebs; Patterson, Braun 3 assts) at The Jungle, RAC Arena. Crowd: 13,501

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