Wildcats win through to NBL Grand Final

The Perth Wildcats have earned the chance to defend their NBL title after beating the Cairns Taipans in the third and deciding game of their semi-final series at RAC Arena on Thursday night.

But they had to hold off a fast-finishing Taipans before claiming the 93-82 win.

Perth looked home midway through the third term when they led by 18 points. But Cameron Oliver led a Taipans revival that saw them back to within five points with just two minutes to play.

Twelve points in the final quarter from Terrico White was enough to see the home side over the line though.

While the Taipans were able to quell the influence of MVP Bryce Cotton, keeping him to just five points, they couldn't contain Nick Kay.

Kay was devastating for Perth in first three quarters and finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds. White finished with 26.

So, the Wildcats go into their fourth grand final series in five seasons, looking for their fourth title in that time.

They will meet the Sydney Kings in Game one of the best-of-five grand final series in Sydney on Sunday.

It took them a long time to settle in offence, but Cairns couldn't take advantage.

When White hit two three-pointers within 30 seconds of each other, the Wildcats had the lead.

They held it by one point at the main break, courtesy of a Clint Steindl bomb on the buzzer.

The Taipans should have led though. Oliver missed a reverse dunk after stealing the ball from Nick Kay when they trailed 18-20.

That summed up Oliver's opening half.

The Wildcats looked like enjoying a half-time lead bigger than the eight they led by.

Kay had an enormous first half. He dropped 16 points, pulled down seven rebounds and handed off three assists.

Scott Mechado was playing a lone hand in offence for Cairns before Mrko Djeric stepped and dropped nine points in less than three minutes before the break.

Cameron didn't score in the first half, but emerged a different player after the break. He finished with 20 points; Mechado with 19.