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Wildcats suffer double overtime defeat



The Perth Wildcats have slumped to their first loss of the NBL22 season, suffering a heartbreaking double overtime defeat to the Brisbane Bullets at RAC Arena on Sunday.


The pulsating 97-94 contest was Bullets coach James Duncan's first win in charge, Brisbane's first two games of the season requiring overtime to determine a winner.


The visitors broke a four-year curse at RAC Arena despite the heroics of former Bullets star Vic Law, who crossed over from Brisbane in the off-season, dominating the second overtime en route to a game-high 29 points.


The Bullets were led by Lamar Patterson (27 points), recent NBA player Robert Franks (21 points and 12 rebounds) and Nathan Sobey (19 points and 12 rebounds).


Law appeared to win the bragging rights when he hit a three-pointer with 40 seconds left in the second overtime only to be cancelled out by Franks' long range shot moments later.


Three-time MVP Bryce Cotton missed a three-pointer for the lead with 11 seconds left as the Bullets (1-1) capped round two in memorable fashion.


Cotton (19 points) missed his first 11 field goals but scored 11 points in the fourth quarter to give the Wildcats the edge before the Bullets dug deep and eventually inflicted the Wildcats' (2-1) first loss of the season.


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