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6dAAPKelly Barnes/Getty ImagesROUND 102:57Sydney coach Chase Buford has accused New Zealand of employing dirty, physical tactics and compared the Breakers to the All Blacks following the Kings' physical 88-81 win in Auckland. 6dAAPWEDNESDAYS AT 8. 30PM1:231:493X3Kane Pitman, Olgun Uluc and Peter Hooley are on hand for this week's 3x3, looking at who the top-two frontcourt players might be for the All-NBL First Team, as well as their picks of the league's best bench, and more.
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3dAAPPaul Kane/Getty Images1:44ROUND 5Another round of high calibre WNBL is in the books, and it's given us plenty to talk about, namely that any team is in with a chance to win! 4dSeraphina NewtonMark Nolan/Getty ImagesAgeless superstar Kelsey Griffin has put on a clinic at both ends to keep Bendigo Spirit's unbeaten start to the WNBL season intact, defeating in-form Adelaide Lightning 84-75 in Mildura. 5dAAP4dKane Pitman, ESPN Basketball ReporterSATURDAY'S GAMES2:57Brilliant Bryce Cotton was unstoppable in the clutch, expertly helping the Perth Wildcats steamroll the Adelaide 36ers 98-90 in their NBL clash at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
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NBL - National Basketball League - Scores, News, Standings, Fixtures - ESPN1:552:59Bul Kuol fired in 23 points as Cairns Taipans withstood a late challenge from the struggling Brisbane Bullets to claim an 85-76 NBL victory in the all-Queensland battle. 19hAAPROUND 6It's a tough week for the bottom three teams in the WNBL but there's always a chance for an upset in Round 6. 1dSeraphina NewtonMorgan Hancock/Getty ImagesBRISBANE BULLETSAs the Brisbane Bullets search for their fourth coach of the season, how did they get here? 2dOlgun Uluc and Kane PitmanMatt Roberts/Getty Images2dKane Pitman, ESPN Basketball ReporterROUND 10Corey Webster has made his 250th NBL appearance a night to remember with his game-winning three-pointer snatching a last-gasp 90-89 triumph for Perth Wildcats over Melbourne United.
20dAAPIn parting ways with one of the league's most explosive individual scorers, the Adelaide 36ers have unlocked a multi-dimensional offence while beginning to show real signs of accountability on the defensive end and the stats that prove it. 20dKane Pitman, ESPN Basketball ReporterJames Worsfold/Getty ImagesBrisbane Bullets GM of basketball Sam MacKinnon is facing a juggling act as he takes over as interim head coach in a bid to turn the side around while he continues his search of a final import player. 20dKane Pitman, ESPN Basketball ReporterPhoto by Russell Freeman/Getty ImagesThe Adelaide 36ers have comprehensively beaten the Perth Wildcats 96-82 to leave RAC Arena with their biggest ever victory at the venue. 21dNBL3X3In this week's edition of 3x3, Kane Pitman, Olgun Uluc, and Peter Hooley discuss the mouth-watering Taipans-Breakers matchup, ask which team has the best import trio, and more. 22dESPNPhoto by Fiona Goodall/Getty ImagesWhen Melbourne United are on, they look good.
11dAAPSATURDAY'S GAMESThe Adelaide 36ers have dug their way out of a massive hole to pinch a dramatic 78-75 NBL victory over the Cairns Taipans. 13dAAP13dKane Pitman, ESPN Basketball ReporterTHURSDAY GAMES1:461:42ANALYSIS1:391:563X3In this week's edition of 3x3, Kane Pitman, Olgun Uluc, and Peter Hooley discuss the Kings' biggest title threats, who's in bigger trouble out of Melbourne and Perth, and James Duncan's Bullets departure.
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15dESPNSteve Bell/Getty Images16dOlgun Uluc, ESPN Basketball InsiderROUND 4In her first year as head coach of the Adelaide Lightning, Nat Hurst reflects on her playing career and how she's applying the lessons she learnt to her coaching. 16dMegan HustwaiteMorgan Hancock/Getty ImagesSydney's all-time NBL record 17-game road-winning streak has come to a pulsating end after Cairns overcame a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Kings 94-88 in overtime at the Cairns Convention Centre. 17dAAPEmily Barker/Getty ImagesSUNDAY'S ACTIONThe Tasmania JackJumpers have continued their recent dominance over Melbourne United by completing a stunning fourth-quarter comeback to record a spirited 94-90 victory. 19dAAPMorgan Hancock/Getty ImagesThe New Zealand Breakers have enhanced their reputation as the league's ultimate road warriors while firming as genuine NBL title contenders by defeating the third-placed Taipans 82-71 at the Cairns Convention Centre.
8dESPNMark Kolbe/Getty ImagesBreaking the duck will be on the cards this weeks as the winless UC Capitals and Sydney Flames clash, while the Melbourne Boomers-Townsville Fire matchup looks the pick of the bunch in Round 5. 9dSeraphina NewtonPhoto by Sarah Reed/Getty ImagesThe Illawarra Hawks have ended a run of nine successive NBL losses by defeating a slumping Melbourne United 93-79 with Sam Froling the hero after setting a career-high mark of 29 points. 10dAAPSUNDAY'S ACTIONROUND 4In what might have be the hottest week of WNBL action so far, Round 4 gave us some amazing moments of individual brilliance and unlike previous rounds, every team showed up as if they were on an even playing field. 11dSeraphina NewtonPhoto by Kelly Defina/Getty ImagesBendigo Spirit's successful road double this weekend leaves them as the only undefeated team in the WNBL after round four.
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Cairns Taipans Official WebsiteGame Highlights Friday, April 22 Tahjere McCall highlights - 42 points (Round 21, 2022) Tahjere McCall hit 42 points in a massive game against the Bullets. Cairns Taipans v Brisbane Bullets highlights (Round 21, 2022) Watch all the highlights from the game against the Bullets. Wednesday, April 20 Cairns Taipans v Sydney Kings highlights (Round 21, 2022) Watch all the highlights from the game against the Kings. Monday, April 18 Cairns Taipans v Melbourne United highlights (Round 20, 2022) Watch all the highlights from the game against Melbourne United.
But so often, they only look good for small patches, and against the Phoenix on the weekend, the offensive inconsistency was exposed again for all to see, writes Kane Pitman. 24dKane Pitman, ESPN Basketball ReporterGraham Denholm/Getty ImagesTop spot is up for grabs in Round 4 of the WNBL as undefeated duo Bendigo and Townsville lock horns. 22dSeraphina NewtonKelly Defina/Getty ImagesROUND 7In Round 3 we saw one team assert their dominance with a powerful win, another finally put their foot down and gain a maiden victory, but two sides remain winless. 25dSeraphina NewtonPhoto by Ian Hitchcock/Getty ImagesSeven players finished in double figures and Tiffany Mitchell tallied 21 points as Melbourne Boomers thrashed the Canberra Capitals by 35 points in round three of the WNBL. 25dAAPThe resurgent New Zealand Breakers overcame foul trouble to consolidate their high NBL ladder position with an 84-76 win over Tasmania JackJumpers in Launceston.