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Taipans play Wildcats into title form

Cairns Taipans have given the Perth Wildcats the perfect preparation for their NBL grand final series against Sydney Kings.

Being pushed to three semi-final games by the Taipans seemed to give the Wildcats the chance to play a couple of their players into form.

In Thursday night's 93-82 win at RAC Arena, the Wildcats had timely contributions from Terrico White, Mitch Norton and Miles Plumlee.

With 26 points, White, last year's grand final series MVP, scored more than 17 points for the first time since January 1 when he dropped 23 against Adelaide 36ers.

Playing three semi-final game probably helped him the most as he missed the final game of the season proper due to knee soreness, so didn't play at all between February 9 and February 28.

Coach Trevor Gleeson couldn't hide his excitement of the return to form of White.

"We had multiple guys step up who haven't played well in the first two games," he said.

"(Terrico) got us going in the first and really gave us that boost. That's what he can do, take the pressure off and deliver in big moments.

"He was outstanding."

Gleeson also changed the way he used Plumlee and Norton, playing them in shorter spurts off the bench.

Plumlee, who will go up against fellow former NBA centre Andrew Bogut in the grand final, left the court midway through the final term after he it looked like he rolled his ankle.

Gleeson didn't know the extent of his injury, but he appeared to be walking around post game without any discomfort.

Plumlee pulled down six rebounds and scored six points, being on the end of the terrific passing from Bryce Cotton.

The competition's MVP was down on his usual offensive output; well short of the 42 points he contributed in Game 1. He didn't score in the first half of Game 3 (a copy of his stats in Game 2) and only finished with five points, but his eight rebounds were important.

And they didn't go unnoticed by his coach.

"A lot of (the 93 points) was from Bryce as a ball carrier," he said.

"He was fabulous in facilitating and getting open looks for our players.

"The good thing about Bryce is he doesn't care about his score, as long as he is getting teammates open.

"He got Clint open for a number of shots, he got Terrico open for a number of shots. A good team trusts each other for quality shots."