Dramatic overtime victory keeps Bullets finals journey on track

The Bullets' journey to the NBL play-offs remains on track after a dramatic 98-87 overtime win against the Illawarra Hawks at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

Needing a win to stay in touch with fourth-placed Adelaide, the Bullets threw down an ungainly performance before escaping with a season-saving win.

A pair of clutch free throws from Adam Gibson saved the side from embarrassment on its home court and locked the score at 84-84 to send the game into overtime on Thursday.

Then import Lamar Patterson went to work, scoring six of his 24 points in the extra period, while centre Matthew Hodgson produced two monster blocks to adrenalise Brisbane.

Still, the Bullets are once again on the brink after the 36ers' win against New Zealand earlier in the evening.

So much was on the line, and yet the offence that was so fluent in the recent series against the Sydney Kings turned clunky in the second quarter.

Jordair Jett punished the disjointed Bullets at both ends as the Hawks took control with a 21-6 run in the build-up to half-time.

Jett finished the game as one of the most influential figures with 16 points, four assists and two blocks.

Despite their shocking start, the Bullets held a four-point lead at three-quarter time.

They were hauled back into the contest thanks to a busy second half from substitute guard Gibson.

Both teams had chances to seal a win in regulation time, with Bullet Cameron Gliddon hitting the ring with his three-point hope with less than a second remaining.