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Wildcats extend NBL winning run to four

The Perth Wildcats have completed a tough nine-day stretch with a fourth consecutive NBL win, beating the Brisbane Bullets 86-78 at RAC Stadium.

Again, Bryce Cotton was the hero.

After producing a strong finish on Thursday night to beat Cairns, he dropped 16 points after halftime against the Bullets on Saturday.

In just over a week, the reigning champions have beaten the top-of-the-table Sydney Kings (at home), South East Melbourne Phoenix (away), the improving Taipans (away) and now the Bullets.

Coach Trevor Gleeson admitted it had been a challenge producing that result.

"It has been an outstanding nine days for us," he said.

"We got tired in the end; the fatigue factor was an issue. But somehow we find the grit and determination to get through.

"You have to find different ways to win and I thought we did that."

Cotton had just seven points at halftime, but finished with a game-high 23. His tally over those four victories was 100 points at an average of 25.

What Brisbane did very well was limit the advantage Perth usually gains from their strong rebounding, especially at the offensive end.

The Cats average 17 second-chance points per game, but managed only seven from this avenue on Saturday.

Matt Hodgson and Lamar Patterson were responsible for that, with eight rebounds apiece.

But the Bullets weren't allowed to get any momentum in attack, thanks to a Perth defence led by Damian Martin in his 300th NBL game.

Brisbane's two most reliable scorers, Patterson and Nathan Sobey, had just 10 points between them at halftime.

Sobey dropped 11 of his team-high 15 points in the final quarter to keep the visitors in the game, leaving Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.

"We just needed a couple of things to go our way," he said.

"We need to make our shots.

"They shot at 40 per cent overall from the field, which means we did a nice job.

"The thing that stands out is they shoot the three at 37 per cent, we shoot the three at 32 per cent and we had some wide open looks.

"Some of the things Bryce shoots, in particular, are really, really tough - so well done to him.

"And they miss two foul shots and we leave seven foul shots on the line."