BUZZER-BEATER! Last-second bomb lifts Breakers to sixth straight win as Cairns' last-gasp heave is waved off

The New Zealand Breakers have beaten the Cairns Taipans 73-70 thanks to a late match-winner from import Edgar Sosa.

Locked at 70-all with three seconds to go, the point guard hit a three-pointer in the corner to steal the game, but not before Cairns made a late run at it.

With 0.01 seconds left on the clock, Taipans captain Cam Gliddon replied with an incredible full court shot, but it was waved away for being too late.

Sosa was happy to bask in the moment post-match.

"There is nothing better, in the game of basketball there is nothing better," Sosa said.

"It was a great play by coach, I was supposed to be the decoy but they came out in a zone so I took it."

Multiple players on each team finished in double digits, with Kirk Penney, Finn Delany, Tom Abercrombie, DJ Newbill and Mika Vukona starring for the Breakers.

Dayshon Smith, Alex Loughton, Michael Carrera and Jarrad Weeks top-scored for the Taipans.


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Watch: 'You can't eat that much!' Steven Adams grilled by Russell Westbrook after huge restaurant order

Steven Adams has lived up to his reputation as a big man of the NBA after getting called out by one of his Thunder teammates for his huge food orders at a restaurant.

The Kiwi centre and OKC teammate Russell Westbrook were sharing a meal this week when Adams' all star teammate called him out for ordering five plates of food.

"Well, Steve ordered this, a little bit of that, and that, and that," Westbrook says as he pans his phone across the numerous meals.

"Bro, you cannot eat that much!"

After being called out by Westbrook, Adams doesn't reply - instead pulling one of his trademark cheeky grins.

The large meal could be a reward though, considering the high-flying start the 25-year-old has made for the Thunder in preseason.

In three games, Adams has averaged a double-double for the Thunder with 13 points and 11 rebounds while also picking up an average of two assists per game as well.

Oklahoma City are relying more on Adams currently with the team without Westbrook, who is recovering from a knee surgery, and the departure of another all star in the offseason, Carmelo Anthony.


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Watch: Grinning Steven Adams dominates the rim to notch double-double in Thunder's first preseason win

Steven Adams was firing on all cylinders for the Oklahoma City Thunder in their first preseason win against the Minnesota Timberwolves today, earning a double-double in the 113-101 win.

Adams collected 14 points and 13 rebounds in the Thunder's second pre-season game while Paul George made his preseason debut and scored 13 of his 23 points in the first quarter.

The Thunder are without former MVP Russell Westbrook currently after the star point guard underwent knee surgery last month.

Westbrook is expected to return to the court next week.


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Breakers come agonisingly close to pulling off historic upset against Phoenix Suns

The New Zealand Breakers came within just five points of pulling off an historic upset against the Phoenix Suns this afternoon.

The Suns, led by this year's number one NBA Draft pick Deandre Ayton, beat the Breakers 91-86 in a sparsely populated Talking Stick Arena in Phoenix, in the latest clash of the seven-game NBL-NBA exhibition series.

In the exhibition series the Suns were considered the most vulnerable target of the visiting NBL squads seeking a win against a team from the world's best basketball league.

The Suns had the NBA's worst record last season and against the Breakers were without injured star guard Devin Booker who recently signed a $US158 million contract extension.

The Breakers scored the first basket of the game to take a 2-0 lead, but the Suns quickly took control and did just enough to maintain a buffer throughout.

The Suns led 28-20 at the end of the first quarter and 52-42 at halftime.

In the final minute the Breakers, led by Auckland-born guard Corey Webster, cut the lead to four points.

The Suns' best was 216cm tall centre Ayton who had 21 points and 15 rebounds and former Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza with 16 points and six assists.

Webster had 27 points and seven assists for the Breakers while forward Tai Wesley added 15 points and seven rebounds.

The NBL-NBA series concludes on Friday (Saturday AEST) with Melbourne United up against the Toronto Raptors, Perth Wildcats play the Denver Nuggets and the Adelaide 36ers face the Utah Jazz.

The past week the Los Angeles Clippers beat the Sydney Kings 110-91, the Jazz crushed the Wildcats 130-72 and Ben Simmons' Philadelphia 76ers cruised to a 104-84 win over Melbourne United.

Tom Abercrombie says he hopes to do his NBL club and New Zealand proud in the exhibition game.
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NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal's son to miss first year of college basketball due to 'risky' heart surgery

UCLA freshman Shareef O'Neal will sit out the entire upcoming basketball season because of a heart condition that the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal says is "risky."

The younger O'Neal didn't specify the condition in a TMZ Sports video, saying only that "I know it's something serious and it's risky."

O'Neal said he will attend classes and take a medical redshirt. He's expected to be sidelined for three to four months after undergoing surgery.

UCLA said in a statement today that it will support O'Neal as he gets the issue resolved. The school said only that he was being sidelined for a medical reason and a spokesman declined to provide further details.

O'Neal said doctors discovered the condition after he "felt funny" during summer practices. The 6-foot-10 forward wore a heart monitor attached to a button that he pressed whenever he wanted to send an alert. He received the diagnosis a few weeks after pressing the button during a practice.

O'Neal played the last two seasons at Crossroads High in nearby Santa Monica. As a senior last season, O'Neal helped the school win the CIF Division II state title for the first time since 1997. He had 29 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in the title game. O'Neal averaged 27 points as a senior while Crossroads finished with a 25-9 record.

O'Neal said he's been asked if the injury is career-ending.

"The answer is absolutely not. Just a little bump in the road," he said in the video. "During my rehab, I'll be attending my classes and being a normal student."

O'Neal said the news has been difficult to endure.

"I'm a little down," he said. "I feel like I was at my peak of basketball going into my freshman year and coming out of the state championship of high school. I felt like I was at the top of my game right now. Just trying to get better, getting stronger but then this happened. I'm just doing my best to focus on my health right now."

O'Neal is the second member of UCLA's frontcourt to be sidelined after forward Alex Olesinski was diagnosed this week with a stress fracture in his right foot that will force him to miss two to three months.

The Hall-of-Famer joined Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving in the head-scratching opinion.
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