SYDNEY'S new import and recent NBA swingman Sam Young got a hellish introduction to the NBL on Sunday as the Kings were crushed 98-55 by ladder leaders Perth.
Young, a 249-game NBA veteran, was the second-highest scorer for Sydney with 14 points, including 12 in the first half in Perth.
He made four of his 12 field-goal attempts and hitting two of five from three-point range.
Perth enjoyed a massive 44-24 rebounding advantage against a misfiring Kings outfit that shot a woeful 28 per cent from the field.
Perth (9-1) shot at a sizzling 55 per cent, with import James Ennis, one of five Wildcats with a double-digit score, leading the way with 18.
The Wildcats rebounded superbly after losing their unbeaten record in a 91-86 away loss to second-placed Adelaide (7-2) on Friday.
Shawn Redhage inspired the comeback, hitting 25 of his 30 points in the second half.
Centre Daniel Johnson scored 24 and guard Gary Ervin 22 for an Adelaide side that proved they are a legitimate title contender.
``We've played much better in other games,'' Adelaide coach Joey Wright told AAP.
The top two have pulled away from Sydney and Melbourne (both 4-4) after the Tigers crashed to a 90-75 home loss to Townsville (3-5) in Sunday's other game.
In-form Tigers guard Chris Goulding scored 25, but the Crocs were inspired by a remarkable Steve Markovic shot from halfway right on the three-quarter time buzzer.
``That was as disappointing a loss or game as I can remember,'' said Melbourne coach Chris Anstey.
New Tigers import Mustapha Farrakhan scored six points, making just three of his 11 field-goal attempts.
Tom Abercrombie nailed five three-pointers in his game-high 24 for New Zealand (3-6) in their 81-74 home win over Townsville.
Wollongong import Rotnei Clarke completed a match-winning three-point play in his game-high 27 points to seal a 75-73 away win over Cairns.
It was the first time Cairns have suffered six straight losses under coach Aaron Fearne, with the Hawks joining the Taipans on 2-6.