Nine straight for NBL leaders Melbourne United

NBL ladder leaders Melbourne United stormed home in the fourth quarter to defeat Adelaide 36ers 92-78 and equal a franchise record with their ninth win in a row.

The Sixers came into Saturday's contest at John Cain Arena needing a victory in Daniel Johnson's 300th club appearance to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Adelaide were in the hunt to claim their fourth win in five games when they drew level early in the fourth quarter but Melbourne stunned the visitors with a 14-0 run to take control and record their 19th victory of the season.

Mitch McCarron (21 points, five assists, five steals) and Jock Landale (19 points, 10 rebounds) starred for United while backup centre Jo Lual-Acuil compiled 13 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best five blocks in 16 minutes.

United coach Dean Vickerman was pleased with the way his squad stuck to their guns as they finally broke clear to turn a tough contest into a comfortable win.

"I loved the way that we kept playing the way that we wanted to play, shooting those shots and playing at a good pace, and we got rewards for it," Vickerman said after matching Perth Wildcats for the longest winning streak this season with their ninth on the trot.

The hosts needed a McCarron score off an attempted alley-oop pass to close a hotly-contested opening half ahead 48-47, Adelaide's offensive rebounding and impressive play from Brandon Paul keeping them in the contest.

Triples to Landale and Sam McDaniel keyed an 8-2 start to the third quarter but just as United started looking comfortable, the Sixers inched their way back with Johnson converting an offensive rebound into a three-point play to reduce the margin to 67-63.

But when Josh Giddey levelled scores at 69-69 early in the fourth period, Chris Goulding answered with a jump shot then followed up veteran David Barlow's three-pointer with a long bomb of his own as part of United's run of 14 unanswered points that ultimately decided the contest.

There were plenty of positives for the Sixers with strong efforts from Paul (20 points) and Giddey (14 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists), along with the return of centre Isaac Humphries following a two-month absence with a foot injury.

But the task for coach Conner Henry's squad to qualify for the semi-finals is getting tougher as they slip to a 10-15 record ahead of Monday's clash with New Zealand in Launceston.

"I felt we played hard enough to win the basketball game, we rebounded the ball at the offensive end at a high rate but the reality is that we couldn't finish the basketball - I don't know how many shots at the rim (we had) but couldn't finish," Henry said after the loss.