Perth have swelled their NBL ladder lead to three wins after two victories over Townsville and a shock home loss for second-placed Adelaide to Sydney.
The Wildcats started the round just one win clear of the 36ers and were coming off successive losses.
They rediscovered the winning feeling with a 102-87 home win over last-placed Townsville (4-11) on Friday and triumphed 103-97 on the Crocs’ home court on Sunday.
Import James Ennis was prominent in both games for Perth (14-3), scoring 29 at home and 27 in the return fixture.
The match in Perth was a three-point clinic, with the Wildcats nailing 16 of 27 and Townsville 12 of 24.
Adelaide (11-5) suffered their first home loss of the season, going down 102-89 to Sydney (6-8).
The Kings snapped a four-match losing streak and reclaimed fourth spot from Wollongong (6-9) who won 82-79 at Cairns (6-10) on Saturday.
Sydney’s import Sam Young scored 24, captain Ben Madgen 19 and centre AJ Ogilvy ended a run of quiet games by piling up 18 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks.
The Kings hit nine three-pointers while Adelaide, who got 21 points from both Daniel Johnson and Adam Gibson – converted just five of 26 long bombs.
“We’ve really struggled from the perimeter (in past games). We made shots today,” Sydney coach Shane Heal said.
“I thought we played with more belief and we played with more poise.
“Some of our decision-making over the last six weeks has been average. We’ve worked on it, spoken about it and drilled it and it’s just coming to fruition now.”
Adelaide coach Joey Wright said his team’s poor defence was the difference.
Third-placed Melbourne (10-7) had their winning steak broken at six as they lost 93-87 at home to New Zealand (6-10).
Mark Worthington and Chris Goulding each scored 23 for Melbourne, but New Zealand had heroes in Tom Abercrombie and Mika Vukona.
Abercrombie led the Breakers scorers with 21 and was influential in the closing minutes, while Vukona tallied 17 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists.
Improving Wollongong notched a fourth win from their past six games, as they overturned a 16-point deficit in Cairns.
Kevin Tiggs came off the bench to top score for the Hawks with 20 points.
“The pleasing thing for us at the moment is we’ve been able to win a couple of close ones,” Wollongong coach Gordie McLeod told AAP.
“It’s really like snakes and ladders at the moment in the NBL.
“One week you’re climbing up the ladder or sliding down the snake.”