Adelaide 36ers overrun Illawarra Hawks in NBL victory

Adelaide have stayed on course for a top-two NBL finish with a comfortable 112-93 win over the Illawarra Hawks in Wollongong.

Second-placed Adelaide's victory was their seventh straight and 15th in 23 games, effectively assuring them of a finals berth.

Illawarra dropped to 9-12 for the season and all but bowed out of playoffs contention.

Starring for the 36ers were Australian Boomers player Mitch Creek (21 points) and American imports Shannon Shorter (22) and Josh Childress (20).

Demitrius Conger played a lone hand for the home team, tallying a game-high 31 points.

Nick Kay was the next best with 14, while American guard Rotnei Clarke endured arguably the worst shooting night of his career (3/22).

The Sixers led at every change, picking up where they left off from Friday night's comprehensive 112-90 home win over the Hawks.

Adelaide made 58 per cent of their shots, including 11/17 from the three-point line.

The first period was an an old-fashioned shootout, producing the highest score by any team this season and the most by two teams combined.

Adelaide were unstoppable as they romped to a 39-30 lead, connecting on a sizzling 15/19 shots, including 6/7 from three-point range.

The visitors stayed hot in the second period and took a commanding 66-49 lead into halftime.

Shorter had contributed all over the court, racking up 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

The Hawks briefly cut the deficit to eight in the third period but Adelaide were up 90-79 at three-quarter time and mercilessly went on with the job.

The Sixers face the Brisbane Bullets in Brisbane in round 16 on Saturday, while the Hawks host Cairns on Sunday.