Sydney Kings have overcome the loss of one co-captain and been sparked by another to notch a notable Queensland NBL road double.
A 92-87 win over Townsville (0-5) was followed by a 71-69 victory at Cairns (2-3) on Sunday to lift Sydney (3-2) into the top four.
It's the first time the Kings have had a win-loss record above 50 per cent since winning their opening match on readmittance to the NBL for the 2010-11 season.
Co-captain Ben Madgen scored 23 points against Townsville, just behind the 25-point haul of Aaron Bruce.
He followed up with a team-leading 22 points against Cairns where Sydney came from eight points down in the last quarter.
Import Corin Henry produced a game-tilting steal and basket inside the last 20 seconds.
The Kings are currently without their other co-captain James Harvey, who is expected to be sidelined for eight to ten weeks with a broken arm.
"Pressure was mounted and you can either get it done or suck your thumb and now the challenge is to maintain the level we've set," Kings coach Shane Heal said.
Wollongong (4-0) maintained their perfect start to the season with a 77-63 away win over Adelaide (2-2).
Guard Adris Deleon scored 16 of his 23 points in the last quarter, as the Hawks rallied from a 12-point, first-quarter deficit.
"We thought we probably should have been 15 or even more down at half-time, but we found a way to hang around," Wollongong coach Gordie McLeod said.
New Zealand (3-1) recorded their third straight victory with Tom Abercrombie and Cedric Jackson scoring 20 and 19 respectively in a 75-64 away win over hapless Melbourne (0-4).
"We're just pleased to get our first win on the road, it's always tough to establish a rhythm on the road and I think we've been improving every week," Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis said.
He had some words of encouragement for the Tigers, for whom import Seth Smith tallied 25 points and ten rebounds.
"They've got plenty of talent, but like any new group they're just finding their way," Lemanis said.
"They'll win their fair share of games this year."
Tigers coach Chris Anstey was frustrated by the patchy nature of his team's play.
"We can compete with anyone but we haven't seen it across four quarters," Anstey said.
Melbourne will host the other winless team Townsville next Sunday, though the Crocs will have a chance to break their duck at home to Cairns two nights earlier.
"I have never started out 0-5 on any team I have coached or been an assistant coach with, so this is new territory for me and I'm not enjoying it whatsoever," Crocs coach Paul Woolpert said.