Perth Wildcats banished the Sydney Kings from the NBL top four with a 97-71 demolition at the Kingdome today.
The Wildcats never looked back after leaping out to a blistering 20-2 start to the game, leaving the Kings scrambling in catch-up mode on their way to their eighth straight loss.
Perth continued to find momentum-killing baskets in an outing where they shot 61 per cent (37-of-61), connected on 14 three-pointers, and notched their sixth consecutive win.
Shawn Redhage (23 points) and Damian Martin (13 points, nine assists, four rebounds) kick-started the Wildcats in the opening moments when they combined for nine of their team's 11 unanswered points, while Kevin Lisch finished with 19 points and eight assists.
Ben Madgen led Sydney with a 13-point third quarter on his way to 28 points and Aaron Bruce had 10 points as the Kings reverted to fifth place.
The Kings were unable to score from their first 11 attempts in a disastrous opening to the game as the red-hot Wildcats connected on their first five shots on their way to streaking ahead 25-11 at quarter-time.
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