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Adelaide 36ers: Best NBL season... ever?

Apollo Stadium, 30 years ago. The Adelaide 36ers began a season that many would consider the most dominant year of any team in NBL history. It all started with a match against the Sydney Supersonics on April 26, 1986. The Supersonics were coming off a win in Perth the previous night and did show some resistance in Adelaide, but the Sixers blew out a 20-point lead in the first quarter. The 107 – 96 home win by the 36ers would not be their best for the year, but it would begin a historic season that no team had experienced before. In 1986, Adelaide won 24 games and lost just twice in the regular season with both losses being by just two points - at West Sydney Westars and at Coburg Giants. A perfect 13-0 home stanza was complimented by an 11-2 away record that gave them a five-game winning lead at the top of the ladder at seasons end. Many records from that year still remain to this day including the greatest season winning percentage by any club (92.3 per cent) and the only team that has ever put together a string of 20 consecutive home wins. Of their 27 total victories that year, 17 of them were won by at least 20 points. It was not all as straight forward as it appeared. Just weeks out from the Finals, Coach Ken Cole was controversially sacked with a 21-2 win-loss record - but was re-instated for the finals after a players revolt. In the first ever three-game Grand Final series that was conducted, Adelaide were smashed at home by 21 in Game Two by the Bullets that could have questioned their place in history. The 36ers quickly dispersed any doubt with a comprehensive Game Three victory over Brisbane that has placed their performance that season in folklore.

1986 Adelaide 36ers Championship Team

Peter Ali, Mark Davis, Al Green, Bill Jones, Mike McKay, Dwayne Nelson, Scott Ninnis, Darryl Pearce, Peter Sexton, David Spear, Ray Wood.

Coach: Ken Cole

When discussing dominant NBL teams, the Brisbane Bullets team in 2007 are a stand out. In a competitive season where four teams won at least 20 games, Brisbane led the ladder at 28 wins and five losses. Their League record of a 21-game winning streak established a mark that is yet to be challenged, and is five games better than any other team has managed to this day. The 2007 Bullets remain the only team in NBL history to win 16 home games in a regular season - part of a club record 19 consecutive wins in Brisbane. Their only blemish in their last 24 games that year was a Game Two Grand Final loss to Melbourne at the Cage.

2007 Brisbane Bullets Championship Team

Callum Baynes, Stephen Black, Dillon Boucher, Mark Bradtke, CJ Bruton, Ebi Ere, Adam Gibson, Michael Hill, Sam Mackinnon, Dusty Rychart, Brad Williamson

Coach: Joey Wright

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