The Brisbane Bullets ended a four-game losing streak to claim the win against the Adelaide 36ers on Friday night.
Lamar Patterson starred as the Bullets picked up their fifth win of the season. In a see-sawing contest, the former All-NBL First Team player was superb as Brisbane came from 10 points down midway through the final quarter to defeat Adelaide.
“He played a tremendous basketball game,” Bullets coach James Duncan said.
The 36ers got off to a brilliant start to the game, storming out to a 15-3 lead early in the first quarter. However, Brisbane found its way back into the game and went into the first break trailing by just four points.
“We haven’t been able to start well the last couple of games, but I feel the work that we did this week in practice, I would hope prepared us for those moments.
“We just had to keep on grinding and everybody was positive in the huddles, everybody was up and about and finally we were able to break through at the end,” Duncan said.
Deng Deng was instrumental to the late fightback by the Bullets in a game where neither side managed to dominate on offense. His infectious enthusiasm lifted the side when the 36ers looked like running away with the game.
“The catalyst of our run, was Deng Deng being active, getting in the passing lanes, stealing the ball, getting some easy layups… and that pushes us over the edge,” he said.
Patterson came to life in the dying embers of the game, helping the Bullets to a 12-0 run after trailing by 10 points. The highlight of the Bullets’ resurgence was a Patterson steal from a loopy Mitch McCarron pass, followed by a dunk to set Nissan Arena alight.
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A consolation for Adelaide was the brilliant performance from Emmanuel Malou. The 28-year-old was dominant off the bench for Adelaide in the second half, scoring 11 points, shooting at 100 per cent from the field.
The Brisbane Bullets now travel to Sydney where they will face the Kings on Sunday, while Adelaide will be hosting the Cairns Taipans next weekend.
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