James Ennis has spectacularly led the Perth Wildcats to an 81-69 win over the Sydney Kings at the Perth Arena.
Ennis backed up his round-one 25-point debut performance against Adelaide with 27 points against the Kings in round-two.
Three times he brought the 10,500 strong crowd to its feet with athletic one-handed dunks while on the break.
Importantly, they came in the last four minutes of the game when the Cats finally managed to shake off a stubborn Sydney side.
He also managed two three-pointers, six rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and two steals – not a bad night out.
With three offensive fouls, he is obviously determined to stamp his authority as an attacking player while his stint in the NBL lasts.
How long that will be depends on injuries in the NBA to the Miami Heat, to which he is linked. Opposition NBL sides will be hoping that day comes sooner rather than later. Either way, basketball fans should try to get to see him in action as players of his calibre are not common in the NBL.
Not long after Sydney's Charles Carmouche fouled out of the game (with 7:30 left on the clock) the scores were level.
Not long after the Kings guard left the court, Perth's other import Jermaine Beal dropped his second three-pointer for the game; and for the term.
He did exactly the same thing in the Cats three-point win over the 36ers in round-one. This week though he added the extra string to his bow of providing a game-high five scoring assists to his teammates.
On the scoreboard, the Cats again counted heavily on Ennis and Shawn Redhage (22 points). Beal (10 points) was the only other player in double figures (although he put up 17 shots), while two three-pointers to Jesse Wagstaff saw him finish with eight.
Fortunately for the home side, its 41 per cent shooting effort was still marginally better than Sydney's 39 per cent.
At times the game was ugly. If it weren't for Ennis, the highlight reel would be pretty short.
AJ Ogilvy threatened to lead the Kings to their first win in Perth since 2008, with 18 points and six rebounds, but he needed more help. Perth's Tom Jervis, holding down the centre position in the absence of the injured Matt Knight, continues to perform admirably against more experienced opposition.
Sydney managed just one three-pointer, from Brad Hill, but that came in the dying minutes of the game when the result was already decided. Hill was terrific, with 10 rebounds and 16 points.
James Harvey had a crack too, but his 3-13 from the field and 0-6 from beyond three-point line were costly. He managed just six points despite throwing up 19 shots.
Jesse Sanders had a good defensive game, while Ben Madgen managed more than 13 minutes court time as he continues his comeback from a serious ankle injury.
Perth head to Melbourne on Sunday to tackle the Tigers. Cats coach Trevor Gleeson, who missed the clash against the Kings due to personal reasons, is expected to be back at the helm for that game.
Assistant Andy Stewart stood in the place against Sydney and claimed the win.
The Kings next game is at home against Perth on October 27.
Perth Wildcats 81 (Ennis 27, Redhage 22, Beal 10)
Sydney Kings 69 (Ogilvy 18, Hill 16, Sanders 10)
Crowd: 10,573 at Perth Arena