Perth chase NBL title in Melbourne on Sunday after game 3 win

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Melbourne United will be playing for their season while Perth Wildcats will be chasing another NBL championship when game four tips off at Melbourne Arena on Sunday.

Perth were again far too good in game three of the NBL grand final series in Perth on Friday night, claiming a 94-67 win to take a 2-1 lead in the best of five series.

Opportunity lost: Melbourne United players leave the court after losing game three of the finals series to Perth on Friday night.

Opportunity lost: Melbourne United players leave the court after losing game three of the finals series to Perth on Friday night.Credit:AAP

Melbourne came into the game with the belief they could win the game and setup a title shot at home on Sunday, but their poor shooting and turnovers again marred their night in Perth while Wildcats import Terrico White was the match-winner for the Wildcats with 31 points and seven of 10 shooting from the three-point line.

Turnovers and poor shooting ruined Melbourne's chances in game one in Perth and game three was a similar story, as the Wildcats dominated the third term 28-15 to take a match-winning lead at 70-51, and they extended that margin in the last term.

Bryce Cotton's 16 points and nine assists were also crucial to the win as was the Wildcats work as a team defensively, repeatedly forcing United into difficult shots.

Running wild: Perth players Terrico White (left) and Wani Swaka Lo Buluk celebrate going 2-1 up in the grand final series.

Running wild: Perth players Terrico White (left) and Wani Swaka Lo Buluk celebrate going 2-1 up in the grand final series.Credit:AAP

Melbourne's three-point shooting was poor at four of 27, and while they only had 10 turnovers, many of them were in the first half which fuelled the Wildcats when their own offence was struggling.

David Barlow and DJ Kennedy led Melbourne with 13 points each.

Melbourne captain Chris Goulding said his side were down in too many areas on the night.

Grand slam: Wildcat Bryce Cotton scores under pressure from United's Mitch McCarron.

Grand slam: Wildcat Bryce Cotton scores under pressure from United's Mitch McCarron.Credit:AAP

"They shot the ball exceptionally well - credit to them," Goulding said.

"We came in here confident, it didn’t work out - but that won’t effect the way we go into game four.

"This is a series. It doesn't matter if you lose by one or 50, a loss is a loss and you move onto the next game."

Home court advantage has long been a major factor in NBL grand final series, and Perth improved that record to 32 wins to home sides from 35 games. A Melbourne win in game four will provide them with a little more hope of winning game five in Perth next Sunday.

If played, that winner-takes-all game will be more suited to Melbourne, as a day-time clash starting at 2.50pm AEDT instead of 10.25pm AEDT like Friday night’s game.

Melbourne United hosts game four against Perth Wildcats at Melbourne Arena on Sunday at 2.20pm and game five, if needed, will be at RAC Arena, Perth next Sunday at 2.50pm AEDT.