The New Zealand Breakers have failed to finish off their breakthrough year in Australian NBL the way they would have liked.

They've been crushed 74-57 by the Taipans in Cairns, to drop to second on the table.

Perth has gone to the top of the ladder following their 97-76 thrashing of Townsville, while Melbourne has beaten Gold Coast 79-72 and Sydney has beaten Wollongong 86-83.

- Herald online