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Bullets beat Breakers to stay in NBL race

Brisbane's renaissance in the NBL has continued with a 95-85 win over the New Zealand Breakers, built on the muscle of their big men.

Traditionally struggling in Auckland, the Bullets controlled the contest on Sunday over the final three quarters to make it four wins from their past six.

Both teams went into the contest locked on the same 9-11 record, but the visitors emerged with the better shot at reaching the finals, helped by a friendly schedule to end the regular season.

They will be hard to beat if they get the same production out of their inside men, who combined to dominate the rebound count 43-32, while Will Magnay pulled off four blocks. Brisbane scored 54 points in the paint, which eclipsed the hosts' 34.

Two bench forwards were among the Bullets' leaders. EJ Singler mixed 13 points with nine rebounds and Taylor Braun notched 14 points to complement the game-high 18 from teammate Lamar Patterson.

In an impressive team performance, Cam Gliddon scored 11 of his 14 points in the final quarter and Matt Hodgson snared 10 rebounds.

Patterson, who also tallied seven rebounds and five assists, said it was the style of win which set the blueprint for a playoffs push.

"That's the Brisbane Bullets right there, just being able to have versatility and depth," he told Sky Sport NZ.

"We know our backs are against the wall a little bit so we're timing this last push. We've got a lot of experienced guys who have played a whole lot of basketball so we're going to try to stay level-headed and get more wins."

The result is a body blow to the Breakers, whose five-game winning streak was snapped three days ago in Cairns.

They looked tired, giving up an early 11-point lead to trail by 10 at halftime after Brisbane poured in 34 points in the second quarter.

New Zealand failed to challenge for the lead from then, despite 17 points each from captain Tom Abercrombie and guard Sek Henry, who was a late clearance to play after struggling with a calf injury.

Abercrombie conceded heavy travel commitments had affected his team.

"We just didn't have that edge to us tonight that we needed. We were a little bit lethargic at times and just couldn't find the gear that we needed to," he said.

"They did a good job of being relentless with their pace of attacking us. We just weren't good enough."