Basketball: NZ Breakers end losing run, keep ANBL playoff hopes alive with dominant win over South East Melbourne Phoenix

NZ Breakers have snapped a three-game losing streak and kept their hopes of reaching the ANBL playoffs intact with a 106-75 win over South East Melbourne Phoenix.

The victory sees the Breakers just two wins outside finals contention, with nine so far this season, but with the likes of Cairns Taipans in fifth and Brisbane Bullets in sixth both playing two games more than the Breakers, the Auckland side's fate is still in their hands, as they hunt a top-six finish.

A standout shooting display, led by import Anthony Lamb (31 points), saw them land an impressive 71.4 percent of their three-point attempts, as Mody Maor's side rediscovered their winning formula.

Breakers contest the ball against SEM Phoenix.
Breakers contest the ball against SEM Phoenix. Photo credit: Getty Images

As well as Lamb, Mantas Rubstavicius (15 points), Will McDowell-White (13), Parker Jackson-Cartwright (13) and Zylan Cheatham (10 points) all stood out, as the Breakers closed out a comfortable win.

While their work inside the paint was impressive, the Phoenix's efforts on defence also played a large part in the success.

Only Mitchell Creek (27 points) and Gorjok Gak (13) were able to score in double figures for the Phoenix, who could only shoot at 48 percent of field goals and 33.3 percent of three-pointers. 

After coming out of the blocks to take the first quarter 25-10, the Breakers didn't assert their dominance again until the final period, but never fell behind on the scoreboard.

The two teams split the second quarter 27-all, while the Phoenix took the third 26-25, but were blown away 29-12 in the last, as the Breakers cruised home.

Victory sees them leapfrog the Phoenix into eighth on the ladder with a superior points differential.  

They can capitalise on home advantage once again on Friday, when they return to Spark Arena to face third-placed Tasmania JackJumpers with seven games left in their regular season.

NZ Breakers 106 (Lamb 31, Rubstavicius 15, Jackson-Cartwright 13, McDowell-White 13, Cheatham 10) South East Melbourne Phoenix 75 (Creek 27, Gak 13)