Breakers overrun Patterson and Bullets

Lamar Patterson’s hot hand wasn’t enough to help the Brisbane Bullets, whose NBL road woes continued with a 96-85 loss to the New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.

American forward Patterson scored 36 points, a career-high in the NBL, but fatigue caught up with him in the final quarter when his influence waned and the Breakers held on for their fourth win of the season.

The seventh-placed Bullets have lost six of their past seven on the road and slip to 6-8 for the season, with the Breakers (4-9) one spot behind them on the ladder.

Lamar Patterson, left, goes up against Scotty Hopson.Credit:Getty Images

It was a crucial result for the Kiwi hosts, who suffered another setback in a tumultuous season when American import Glen Rice Jr. was sacked earlier on Monday, for a breach of his bail conditions.


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