View image | gettyimages.com The New Zealand Breakers have survived a close encounter with Melbourne United, escaping with a hard fought 92-87 victory. The win cements the Breakers at the top of the NBL ladder, whilst United slips to fourth. It was a close contest from the outset, with both teams trading the lead at various stages. For United, rebounding continued to be an issue as they were out hustled 35-29 and allowed Ekene Ibekwe to make a crucial tip-in in the final seconds. Import Stephen Dennis had 24 points and 7 rebounds but came up one play short on the night.