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Top four lure propels Bullets over Hawks

The fewer players he has dominating individual statistics the happier Brisbane Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis is.

Lemanis' Bullets took care of business with a 101-91 NBL win against the Illawarra Hawks at Brisbane's Nissan Arena, with the even spread of workload becoming the side's trademark.

Five Bullets finished in double figures and a further two knocked on the door as a season-high home crowd of 5276 watched their team steady their season at six wins from 13 games.

Facing the eighth-placed New Zealand Breakers away on Monday should be a golden chance to advance even closer to the pace setters.

If they do so, it will be thanks to a fierce defensive mindset and willingness to share the ball and share minutes.

Import Lamar Patterson (19 points, six assists) and centre Matt Hodgson (14 points, nine rebounds) stood out but there were timely injections from several others to ensure the Hawks could not funnel their energy into one or two guns.

"That's pretty much our team," Patterson said.

"Our depth is one of our strengths. Once we can start figuring out how everyone can get a piece of the pie, we'll get nights like this.

Representatives of NBA clubs the Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic at the game to assess Lamelo Ball were left with blank notebooks when the teenager sat out with a foot injury.

There was nothing to excite them from a forgettable first half blighted by fouls and low scoring percentage.

Brisbane looked in control without fully pressing their advantage on the scoreboard until late in the half when Cam Gliddon weaved and spun his way past multiple defenders deep into the paint.

The space he created opened room for Hodgson to soar high above the ring for a powerful reverse dunk.

Hawks captain Todd Blanchfield (17 points) and guard Angus Glover (17) kept the Bullets from running away with the game before three-quarter time.

Glover had a tough defensive job to contain the Bullets perimeter shooters but the Illawarra product did well to fill the absence left by Ball.

Hawks coach Matt Flinn was proud of his team's fight but ultimately the Bullets had more cohesion and class.

"We thought we had a tight game plan, no question. We were well prepared," he said.

"It's one thing to have a good game plan going into it. We knew what to expect and how we wanted to attack them.

"But it's another thing to execute it."