Cotton back in form as Wildcats beat Cairns

The Perth Wildcats returned to full strength and the winners' list in their NBL clash against the Cairns Taipans at Perth Arena on Sunday.

The Cats shrugged off Friday night's loss to the Sydney Kings to record a convincing 94-72 win over the Taipans.

They took control early, shooting at better than 60 per cent and opened up a 31-17 lead at the first break.

Bryce Cotton returned after two games on the sidelines with a thumb injury. It took him a while find his rhythm as he was held scoreless in the opening term.

But eventually he found his range.

Cotton had four points on the board by half-time and the Cats led 52-38. He then added 10 in the third term and finished with a game-high 21 points.

Terrico White chimed in with 15, as all 12 Wildcats made the scoreboard, including 17-year-old Wani Swaka Lo Buluk, who scored with less than one second left in the game.

Until Cotton emerged, Nick Kay kept things ticking over for the home side with 11 of his 15 points tallied in the first half.

He also pulled down six of his eight rebounds in the first two quarters.

Cairns were able to narrow the margin to 13 points at the final break, as DJ Newbill matched Cotton's 10 points for the term.

But scoring dried up for the Taipans as they could only add 14 points for the quarter.

Newbill failed to score for the term, finishing on 17 points. Nate Jawai had 13 points and nine rebounds for the game.

The loss sees the Taipans slump to a 1-10 record after winning their first game of the season. Their next game is against New Zealand at home next Sunday.

Perth improves their record to 11-2 with a massive weekend ahead.

They host the Sydney Kings on Friday night at Perth Arena, before heading to Melbourne to play United on Monday.