NZ Breakers crush Melbourne Utd in NBL

Melbourne United's grip on a NBL top-four berth looks increasingly fragile after a 90-68 drubbing by the New Zealand Breakers in Auckland.

The visitors recorded their lowest score of the season in a disjointed offensive display on Sunday in their fourth defeat in five games.

It reduces their record to 11-11, barely staving off a host of teams clamouring to replace them in fourth.

One of those teams is the Breakers (11-12), who have completed a dream week after Friday's upset of leaders Sydney in New Plymouth.

American guard Scotty Hopson led the way for the Kiwi outfit in both games, drilling 22 points against Melbourne, to go with nine rebounds and two steals.

Four of his teammates registered double figures, along with centre Rob Loe, who scored 14 points and played a part in containing former Breakers powerhouse Shawn Long.

Long, nevertheless, top-scored for Melbourne with 18 points.

Next best was 13 from captain Chris Goulding, who appeared to struggle with a lower leg injury in the first half but played out the game.

After scoring the first five points, the intensity gradually drained from Melbourne's game. They failed to hit 20 points in each quarter, while the Breakers managed to clear that mark in every stanza.

Melbourne's previous low score this season was 75 points on Boxing Day against Cairns, a result which started their losing run.

Their next fixtures are against the two leading teams - the Kings and Perth - who will fully test the mettle of a side needing to improve considerably on their 38 per cent shooting success from the field.