Basketball: NZ Breakers unfazed by shock ANBL final series-opening win over Sydney Kings

The NZ Breakers are refusing to rest on their laurels after a stunning ANBL final series-opening upset over the defending champion Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena.

They dominated much of the contest to steal home advantage heading into game two at Auckland's Spark Arena on Sunday.

Guards Will McDodwell-White and Barry Brown Jr scored 19 points apiece, while nine different players converted from beyond the three-point arc in a dominant performance on the boards.

History is now well and truly on the Breakers' side, with an incredible 25 of the past 26 winners in game one of the final series going on to win the championship.

But despite the shock win, Breakers coach Mody Maor is unfazed by the result in the best-of-five series.

"It's the first quarter, however you want to break it down, it's no big deal at all. We are, generally speaking, a process-oriented team, we care about how we do things," he said.

"This is a tough group, I have a lot of faith in them. We know we can play a lot better than the way we played today, and that's where our focus is going to be.

"We've done nothing, my experience says you take it one game at a time, and you ignore the result from game one, you learn what you need to learn, you draw your conclusions, you formalise your gameplan and then you go to work."

Much of the Breakers' win can be their intensity on defence, which saw them hold ANBL MVP Xavier Cooks to just eight points, and 2/10 from the field.

Maor knows they will need to be even better to repeat if they want a repeat of success on the defensive side of the ball for the rest of the series.

"We compete in every possession, we give it everything we got, and we have our fundamentals, we know how we want to defend every action," he said.

"They're a great team with great offensive players, we have the utmost respect for everything that they do and we know it's going to require the best version of us to contain them, control the tempo, [and] do the work in game two."