Isaac Humphries starred as the Adelaide 36ers fought back from an 11-point third-quarter deficit to overcome the New Zealand Breakers 94-91 in an NBL overtime thriller at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Friday night.
The gripping finale concluded when Breakers import Lamar Patterson, whose three-pointer with 17.8 seconds remaining gave his side a sniff, missed his next attempt on the buzzer that would have forced double-overtime.
For the Breakers, Tai Webster (34 points) sizzled in his first NBL game in almost eight years before fouling out with 11.8 seconds left, Tony Crocker's ensuing free throws giving the Sixers the cushion they needed.
Adelaide's charge was led by big centre Humphries (24 points, 11 rebounds) and previously out-of-sorts import Donald Sloan (20 points).
The 36ers had jumped ahead 22-8 early and led 29-19 at quarter-time before falling behind as they were outscored in the middle two quarters before Humphries, who had only four points at half-time, piggybacked them home.
Webster, the younger brother of injured star Corey Webster, and Finn Delany had dragged the Breakers back into the contest in the second stanza.
Kyrin Galloway's corner trey gave the visitors the lead, which the 36ers stole back when Sunday Dech replied with a triple, helping Adelaide keep ahead 44-42 at half-time.
NZ opened the third stanza with back-to-back three-pointers to Delany and Webster before Patterson put the Breakers right on top.
Still down 70-62 at three-quarter-time, Humphries took control of the contest at both ends, propelling a 9-0 start to give Adelaide the lead back.
In the last nail-biting minute of regulation, Webster and Sloan exchanged huge threes and Humphries rejected Patterson's attempted matchwinner with 4.3 seconds left before getting in the way of Webster's drive in the last second to force the extension.