Victorious Adelaide closer to NBL finals

Nathan Sobey has exposed a porous New Zealand Breakers defence in a 114-107 win which lifted the Adelaide 36ers closer to a place in the NBL finals.

In-form point guard Sobey tallied a season-high 29 points in Auckland on Thursday but didn't ignore his teammates, dishing off nine assists.

Nathan Sobey.Credit:AAP

His speed and control proved too much for the home side, whose minuscule playoff hopes are now over, despite more heroics from American centre Shawn Long.

In possibly his last game at Spark Arena, NBA prospect Long mixed 28 points and 12 rebounds in another virtual one-man show for the Kiwi side.

However, he couldn't plug the defensive woes that have plagued the seventh-placed Breakers, who have leaked more than 100 points in seven of their last eight games.

Fourth-placed Adelaide's offence is among the best in the league and they had no problem racking up at least 26 points per quarter to improve their record to 14-12.

The 36ers close out the regular season with tough games against Melbourne and Perth.

Last year's beaten finalists will fancy their chances given the undeniable influence of Boomers livewire Sobey and the return from a calf injury of forward Ramone Moore, who contributed 18 points from the bench.

Starters Daniel Johnson (19) and Demitrius Conger (15) also found ways to the basket as they levelled their season series with the Breakers 2-2.

Patrick Richard sunk six three-pointers in his 24 points for the Breakers while captain Tom Abercrombie managed 11 in his 300th game.

Adelaide led by 16 at one point in the third quarter and while that margin reduced to five with five minutes remaining, an effective offence ensured they stayed in front.


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