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Brooks injured for battling Hawks in NBL

Illawarra's teenage NBA prospect Lamelo Ball may have to take on even more responsibility, after an injury to backourt partner Aaron Brooks in their 81-76 NBL home loss to Perth on Sunday.

The Hawks got off to a blazing start in Wollongong, leading by nine in the first quarter, but scored just 46 in the last three.

Ball again showed his potential with 16 points, ten rebounds and seven assists, though he made just five of 14 field goal attempts.

Former NBA guard Brooks was forced off early and may have hurt his Achilles.

"Disappointing if it's his Achilles, but we'll assess it and see what happens," Hawks coach Matt Flinn told ESPN.

Flinn said speculation that injured import centre Josh Boone may have played his last game for the club was news to him.

"He withdrew because of the (broken) nose - that ongoing issue, so that was disappointing too. He's obviously our leader and helps us on the glass," Flinn said.

The Hawks have slumped to 1-6 and last on the ladder, but Flinn insisted they were making progress.

'It's been a really tough little patch for us given our schedule and we had a lot of soul searching and questions being asked in the last 24 hours. But we answered it, so I'm proud of them," he said.

Thursday's match in Auckland between Ball's Hawks and a New Zealand Breakers side featuring another Next Stars program member in RJ Hampton, was the most watched game in NBL history, drawing almost two million views globally on Facebook..

Ball finished with ten points on three from 14 shots from the field, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Hampton totted up eight points, six rebounds and three assists in the Breakers' 103-72 win, their first of the season.

Unbeaten league leaders Sydney (5-0) continued their hot start with a 94-79 home win over Brisbane.

The Kings lost centre Andrew Bogut for a second unsportsmanlike foul early in the last quarter but he still contributed 12 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

Smarting from last week's 23-point home loss to Cairns, the Wildcats (5-1) on Friday shattered South East Melbourne's unbeaten start to their NBL existence in emphatic fashion with a 110-79 thrashing in Perth.

Six players hit double figures and the Perth bench contributed 51 points,

Phoenix (4-1) showed their resilience as they bounced back on Sunday with a 101-91 win over Adelaide at Melbourne Arena.

They landed 15 three-pointers,with import guard John Roberson nailing six long bombs in a team-leading 24-point haul.

Local rivals Melbourne United opened their account for the season in a 104-98 home victory over the Breakers.

Import big Shawn Long led the way with 27 points and 11 boards with Chris Goulding and Melo Trimble both scoring 24.

Adelaide scored a 101-97 home win over Cairns, with the Taipans to host Melbourne United in the final game of the round on Monday.