Perth Wildcats raced to an early lead against the Sydney Kings. Photo: Sahlan Hayes
Perth Wildcats showed Sydney how far they still have to go to match the top NBL teams with with a 95-61 drubbing of the Kings at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Sunday.
Residing in the dizzy heights of fourth spot, their best since readmitted to the NBL for the 2010-11 season, Sydney were swept aside after entering the game with six wins in their past seven games.
Their sole loss in that period was a 75-56 setback in Perth at the hands of the Wildcats, who have now won six of their past seven.
It was the heaviest loss for Sydney coach Shane Heal since he started his tenure with six games of last season remaining.
Perth raced to an early 16-4 lead and Sydney were never able to get the margin back to single digits.
Relentless Perth led by 18, 21 and 24 points at the end of the first three quarters respectively.
Guard and reigning league MVP Kevin Lisch led the Perth onslaught with 22 points, hitting four of nine three-pointers.
The Wildcats made 15 of their 35 long bombs, while Sydney couldn't buy a three-point basket.
They missed all eight of their first-half attempts and finished an abysmal one from 15 from beyond the arc.
Captain Ben Madgen was Sydney's only consistent offensive threat, scoring 22 points.