When the Breakers needed one of their star guards to step up and secure a big win, both Cedric Jackson and Corey Webster responded in style.
The back-court mates combined for 59 points tonight as the Breakers completed the second step of an improbable late-season revival with an impressive victory in Adelaide.
Needing to win by more than 15 to clinch the season series over the 36ers and maintain a realistic chance of reaching the finals, the Breakers cracked a century for the first time this campaign to tick that particular box in comprehensive fashion.
Jackson led the way with a season-high 31 points, draining seven of his 13 attempts from beyond the arc, while Webster added 28 to record his highest total of 2016.
Even with that pair's best efforts, the defending champions still have much to accomplish before they can punch their playoff ticket, but the team who tamed Adelaide certainly looked worthy of a post-season appearance.
First, Breakers must take care of business against Cairns on Sunday, then they may need to sweep an imposing double-header against league leaders Melbourne. And, even if they finish the season with another three wins, the Breakers' (13-12) surge could prove in vain if other results conspire against them.
But Dean Vickerman's men have at least shown the fight needed to provide their coach with a farewell fitting to his time at the club, after a six-game losing streak threatened to see his tenure end in ignominy.
Jackson and Webster were the key factors in the fightback against Adelaide, but every player contributed in one of the best team performances of the year. The Breakers shot at 52 per cent, won the rebounding battle and added 23 assists, moving the ball well and running the floor with real urgency throughout.
Both the hot shooting and the energy was evident from the first as the Breakers jumped out to an early 10-point lead. Webster ended the quarter with 13, equalling the best output from his last three games and maintaining his side's double-digit lead.
A 13-2 run closed the second quarter and completed a near-perfect half, leaving all eyes on the final margin heading into the stretch. And while Adelaide finished strongly to pull within 12, Webster warmed up from deep to clinch the big win the Breakers desperately needed.
36ers 84 (Creek 16, Gibson 14, Petrie 13)
Breakers 106 (Jackson 31, Webster 28, Pledger 17)