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Wildcats prevail over Kings in NBL epic

Perth have overcome a furious fourth-quarter blitz from Casper Ware to claim a dramatic 98-85 victory over Sydney in their top-of-the-table NBL blockbuster.

The Kings were down by five points entering the final quarter on Saturday evening when Ware erupted with four long-range bombs to steal the lead.

However Wildcats star Bryce Cotton, who scored a season-high 39 points, showed nerves of steel to produce some timely buckets and ice the win.

Cotton and Ware, who also hit a season-high 33 points, traded clutch shots in a pulsating final period for the 11,569 Qudos Bank Arena crowd.

Cotton had an answer for every Ware bucket, finishing with a remarkable 13-for-24 shooting, including eight-for-13 from long range.

The former league MVP had 18 points compared to Ware's 14 in the final period alone, before humbly paying tribute to his teammates, post-game.

"It was a great team effort. There were so many spurts where maybe I was going, or Terrico (White) was going," Cotton said.

"Jesse (Wagstaff) definitely hit some big shots down the stretch and Nick (Kay) as well. But that's what our team is about - we have weapons out there.

"And our biggest focus is to try and use them and make teams pick their poison."

White was a third player to record his highest season total, catching fire in the third quarter with 14 of his 24 points.

Kings star Andrew Bogut was aggressive with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

But it wasn't enought to prevent the ladder leaders losing their second straight to their nearest rivals and reigning champions, or celebrate 200-gamer Brad Newley.

With 10 rounds of the regular season remaining, the minor premiership race remains alive.

The Kings were dealt a blow early after revelations import swingman Didi Louzada would miss up to three weeks with a calf injury.

The home side could've used his length on defence, with Cotton firing off 11 points in a tightly contested opening period.

Bogut produced the early highlight for the home crowd with a soaring dunk over Perth big man Dario Hunt on their way to a six-point halftime lead.

But that advantage quickly dissipated in the third when White proved unstoppable, scoring 14 of the Wildcats' first 20 points of the quarter.

The Kings, also without injured duo Kevin Lisch and Craig Moller, were held to just 15 points for the period, and 35 for the half.

The victory for Perth was soured by an ankle injury to Damian Martin.

Kings coach Will Weaver singled out his team's inability to hold Perth off the offensive glass after halftime, as well as lack of physicality.

"There's a level of physicality we have to aspire to that Perth brings and that they used in the second half to really affect the game and get themselves into a position to lead down the stretch and make us make some hard choices," he said.