Perth Wildcats dominated the Sydney Kings at Perth Arena on Friday night, running out 75-56 winners over the NBL's newest road warriors.
The Wildcats were without in-form big man Matt Knight (torn calf) and co-captain Brad Robbins (finger), but they weren't missed as the Wildcats romped to a 19-point victory.
Fellow co-captain Shawn Redhage stepped up enormously, as did Jesse Wagstaff and Jeremiah Trueman to cover the absence of Knight.
Redhage finished with 24 points on a perfect 2-of-2 from three-point land and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line to go with nine rebounds and three blocks.
Wagstaff added 11 points and seven rebounds and Trueman finished with 10 points as he made the most of his extra playing time.
Kevin Lisch also had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the victors.
Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge couldn't hide his pride in his team's performance.
"We had Damo (Damian Martin) in the change rooms vomiting and he had to have a needle to stop that before the game, he was that sick," Beveridge said. "JT (Trueman) was the same, he has a vomiting bug, Kev is sick and it was just incredible to have an illness go through the team. That was a game that could have easily gone the other way, but defensively that was one of the best performances you will see."
Sydney were coming off three straight wins, including the last two against Cairns and Melbourne on the road. But Shane Heal's men couldn't keep hold of the ball, coughing up 19 turnovers to just nine from Perth and shooting 33 per cent from the field.
Unwell point guard Corin Henry missed the entire first half, compounding the Kings' woes as they fell 18 points down at the main break.
Henry came on to start the third quarter and provided a spark with 10 quick points, finishing with 13 points in just 15 minutes. Tom Garlepp was the only other King in double-figures with 10.
Heal was disgusted with the Kings' five-point second quarter and will be making sure his players know all about it before playing the 36ers in Adelaide on Sunday.
"They will understand from this and see that the effort levels were unacceptable and that we got taught a lesson of how to play with desire and play physical basketball," he said.