The Adelaide 36ers have overturned a 19-point deficit and a first half of horrific defence to steamroll the New Zealand Breakers 98-85 at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre.
The Sixers looked in enormous trouble when they trailed 53-34 late in the second term before turning the tables spectacularly by uncorking a majestic 57-26 second half on Sunday to produce the biggest comeback so far this NBL season.
Import Dusty Hannahs (25 points, 4-of-6 three-pointers) and veteran Daniel Johnson (22) spearheaded the revival, which seemingly came from out of nowhere after the Breakers could do no wrong early.
Point guard Will McDowell-White had 22 of his game-high 27 points by halftime without a miss, while French sharpshooter Hugo Besson scored 19 of his 25 by the long break, including five triples.
The pair took full advantage of some seriously trashy defence from the 36ers who offered no resistance and fell into a giant hole.
Down 28-15 at quarter-time and 59-42 at the main interval, Adelaide responded to a deserved half-time rocket from coach CJ Bruton and improved markedly in the third term, upping their defensive intensity and crashing the offensive glass to create numerous second chances.
"I said a few things that I wouldn't say to my kids or any of my family members," Bruton said.
"The intensity and effort wasn't there.
"Clearly when you get stops you're able to run and create havoc at the other end of the floor."
With a renewed defensive resolve, the Sixers' 27-12 third stanza closed NZ's lead to 71-69 at three-quarter-time and the home side maintained that tidal wave of momentum with an even more glittering 29-14 fourth term.
The Breakers, without gun injured trio Tom Abercrombie (side strain), Jeremiah Martin (sprained ankle) and Peyton Siva (grade two hamstring tear), and coming off a short break after losing to South East Melbourne on Friday, appeared to wilt down the stretch.
"We're 0-3 and it's a rough start again for us," NZ coach Dan Shamir said.
"We got off to a good start and made shots.
"We're missing players and maybe we ran out of gas a bit.
"The game changed and slipped from our hands."