New Zealand made the loudest statement of the last two rounds with clutch baskets and headstrong play against Perth resulting in two wins in their top of the table clashes. They haven't lost since October 8th against Cairns. Perth took those two losses as one would expect a humbled champion to take them: coming out and absolutely scorching a heavily favoured and cocky Melbourne United in Melbourne by 32 points. United was held to 35 points in the last 30 minutes of game time. Damian Martin in particular responded like the champion he is with back to back 12 point games along with his usual all-world defence.