NZ Breakers coach Dan Shamir feels execution let his side down as they fell to their eighth defeat of the Australian NBL season against Perth Wildcats.
The 85-75 loss snaps a two-game winning streak for the Breakers, who led at halftime in Perth, but were outscored 33-17 in a woeful third quarter.
The Breakers bounced back somewhat in the final frame, winning by five, but the damage had already been done.
Shamir says he can't fault his team's effort, but feels they lacked precision on both sides of the court.
"We started well obviously and it wasn't just having the lead, but we executed. We didn't make every shot but we came out the right way and built an early lead," Shamir said.
"But overall with our few limitations right now we once again left everything on the floor.
"I thought it was a good effort but it wasn't enough and I obviously focus on a lot of little things that we can do just a little better.
"We have to do that in order to win games because with 75 points that we produced offensively, we have to really be perfect on a lot of little things.
"But overall in the big picture I can't complain too much for their effort and attitude. It was just not enough."
Finn Delany was outstanding on offence, leading all scorers with 30-points, but no other Breakers player scores more than 11 on a misfiring night for shooters Jarrad Weeks (11) and Tai Webster (11).
The second-to-bottom Breakers play the South Melbourne Phoenix on Sunday - their third game in five days.