PERTH - A sequence late in the Cairns Taipans' victory over the Perth Wildcats on Friday night aptly described the respective fortunes for both teams. On one end, the Wildcats defence had stiffened - a rare feat, admittedly, in what was a lacklustre showing after half time. Following a trademark deflection from Damian Martin, one that sent the basketball flying into the back court, Scott Machado had to make gold out of garbage. With just three seconds remaining on the shot clock, Machado sprinted across the half court line. He was running out of time. What followed was a one-footed three point attempt that would make James Harden blush. It was an insanely difficult shot. It slid through the nylon.
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