Perth Wildcats saw Melbourne United's statement and won.
A second defensive half of the NBL regular season champions saw that they fled with a victory over the Bullets of Brisbane, giving away a crowd at home with a dominant victory for 89-59.
Bryce Cotton led the way for wildcats on almost every facet of the game, ending with 22 points, six rebounds and six assists to put his team only one win away from a great final appearance.
Terrico White had 19 own points – shooting 5 of 12 from the center of the city – while Nick Kay finished with a double double; 19 points and 10 rebounds.
The Bullets seemed to be doing game 1 in a contest in the first half, with Cameron Gliddon leading the way, but a third quarter was aggravated by an awkward farewell call at the guardian combo; Andrej Lemanis's team falls further away from an already unlikely victory.
The fourth quarter was worse, with Bullets marking only four points in the period; tied by the lowest score room in NBL history.
Gliddon had the warm hand for the road team, ending with 18 points and four rebounds, while Matt Hodgson was the only other player with two digits, publishing 10 points and seven rebounds.
Game 2 of the best of the three series tips on Saturday, at 2:50 p.m. (AEDT).