Illawarra Hawks guard Tyler Harvey has produced one of the most spectacular shooting displays of the NBL season in a 96-72 smackdown of the Brisbane Bullets.
Harvey shot the lights out in Wollongong on Monday night, going 8-10 from long range and 10-16 overall for his 28 points, adding three assists, in an electrifying 23 minutes.
The eight triples are the most by any player this season.
However, his shooting clinic ended early when the American landed awkwardly after dropping a floater midway through the third quarter, limping off the court and failing to return.
Illawarra coach Brian Goorjian played down any concerns over what he said was a back spasm, before labelling Harvey one of the league's best guards.
"Tyler's right there with the top guards in this and his all-round play, ability to score the ball, run team, and a great person through all this adversity we have this year," he said.
"He wanted this thing bad tonight, the team did. We were desperate tonight."
For the Bullets, Nathan Sobey and Tanner Krebs with 11 points each were the only starters in double figures as Jason Cadee paced the team with 17 off the bench.
Illawarra entrench themselves in third spot ahead of a stack of home games on the schedule, while Andrej Lemanis' side drop to sixth.
There were bizarre scenes just before tipoff when one of the basketball stanchions collapsed during the warm-ups, delaying the start of the game by almost 30 minutes.
An unhappy Brian Goorjian dragged his team back into the locker room as staff tended to the ring.
Lemanis might have wished he'd done the same as his side came out flat, gifting the home side plenty of open looks from long range and easy buckets in transition.
A white-hot Harvey took full advantage, going 7-9 from distance on his way to 23 first-half points.
In contrast, the trigger-happy Bullets, playing without American import Vic Law, looked bereft of ideas on offence as they went a miserable 5-19 behind the arc and were down 20 at the main break.
The Hawks led by as much as 27 points in the second half, getting sloppy after Harvey's exit before recovering to close the contest on a 12-0 run.
Lemanis said there were many factors into their lacklustre display, from their depleted roster to training restrictions due to the COVID-19 breakout in Brisbane.
Friday's game against South East Melbourne Phoenix has been postponed, and the team is unlikely to return home for the next couple of days.
"I don't know what's happening," Lemanis said.
"I'm guessing we're not going back to Brisbane tomorrow. We're that team at the moment, that state of flux team that doesn't know what's going on.
"Uncertainty - and that's a good mental challenge for us."