Ruthless Brisbane Bullets crush Cairns Taipans in 32-point romp

Brisbane Bullets' Mika Vukona puts up a shot during the NBA clash with Cairns Taipans in Brisbane, January 19, 2019 Jono Searle/Getty Images

The Bullets ticked another box in their NBL contender checklist and moved within reach of third position with a 99-68 win against Cairns at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Brisbane point guard Jason Cadee, with 18 points, and import Lamar Patterson (15 points, 12 rebounds) ran riot in another step towards a finals berth.

With wins so far against last year's champion Melbourne United and top four contenders the Perth Wildcats and Adelaide 36ers, there is little doubt the Bullets are in the hunt.

Yet they have struggled at times to put away teams below them on the table. They put that behind them against the Taipans when they had the game wrapped up early in the third quarter.

The scenario was simple for Brisbane. A win against the Taipans would give them a chance of slipping past the Wildcats into third by the end of the weekend.

Defeat could mean a slide to fifth, but after two shockers previously this season against Cairns the Bullets started with intent to crush the last-placed far-north Queenslanders.

They led by 12 points at quarter-time and nothing happened for the Snakes unless it came from the hands of guard Melo Trimble (23 points).

Cadee had an impressive 13 points by halftime but the groundwork had been done much closer to the basket.

Forward Cameron Bairstow turned in a powerful performance despite giving away almost 40kg in his battle with Taipans mountain Nathan Jawai. Jawai had little impact on the game and it showed in Brisbane's rebounding dominance.