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Bullets upset Perth in NBL comeback win for the ages

Brisbane have completed their biggest comeback under coach Andrej Lemanis, upsetting Perth 91-88 to keep their NBL finals hopes alive.

The Bullets looked down and out trailing by 18 points in the second term as the defending champions threatened to repeat Saturday's 102-90 triumph over Brisbane and keep their minor premiership plans on track.

The Wildcats at first did not appear troubled without one of their stars of the weekend romp after losing Todd Blanchfield for Wednesday's clash at Nissan Arena with a knee complaint.

They dropped their highest first quarter total of the season to lead 33-19 at the opening break before enjoying a 53-39 halftime buffer. They led 73-65 at the final interval.

However, Bullets import Lamar Patterson stood tall on his way to a personal tally of 23 points, locking up the scores at 87-87 with 27 seconds left.

He went on an 11-0 run before his lay-up gave the hosts an unlikely 89-88 lead with 8.5 seconds on the clock.

Perth still had time to respond but Kevin White inexplicably opted for a three-pointer early on the shot clock and missed badly before Brisbane import BJ Johnson was fouled and iced the result with two free throws.

The Bullets had never come back from an 18-point deficit under Lemanis, who has held the reins since 2016 and will leave at season's end to coach in the Japanese league.

It was just the boost Brisbane needed as they try to seal a top-four finish on a congested ladder.

The sixth-placed Bullets moved to a 14-15 record with seven games left to stay in sight of nearest rivals Sydney (4th; 15-15) and Illawarra (5th; 15-15).

"It was a gutsy win. If it was ever going to happen (keep finals hopes alive) tonight was the night," Lemanis said. "We hung in there and kept believing."

The Wildcats had already sealed a finals berth - marking a remarkable 35th straight season in the playoffs - but their minor premiership hopes have taken a hit at 22-9 behind ladder-leaders Melbourne United (24-7).

"The game was there to be won but we didn't step up to the plate - Brisbane wanted it more," Perth coach Trevor Gleeson said.

For the Bullets, Matt Hodgson and Jason Cadee had 16 points each while Johnson notched 13 off the bench.

For the Wildcats, Clint Steindl had a career-high 25 points (6-7 three point shooting) off the bench while reigning NBL MVP Bryce Cotton was held to 10 points (2-11 from the field).