Cat Beal s hot hand a King-size headache
Jermaine Beal. Pic: Getty Images

Jermaine Beal insists he doesn't care about publicity, but the American guard is going to have to get used to plenty of it after producing another dazzling performance in the Perth Wildcats' 85-81 win over title contenders Sydney on the road yesterday.

The man employed to fill the sizeable hole left by departed 2011-12 league MVP Kevin Lisch has made the Wildcats' two-spot his own since joining the club this season.

Against the Kings yesterday, Beal nailed three early triples to give the Wildcats a handy lead during the first quarter and stepped up again when the game was on the line.

Beal launched a long-range shot from well behind the three-point line to give the Wildcats a seven-point buffer with two minutes left.

The Kings mounted a late challenge, but couldn't deny the Wildcats a third straight win.

Beal finished with a team-high 24 points, including 6-of-9 from three-point territory.

He has often played second- fiddle to headline-grabbing teammate James Ennis this season.

"I don't care about the pub (publicity), man, I just want to win," Beal said.

"I thank my teammates for passing me the ball and getting me open. Matty (Knight), Jesse (Wagstaff) and Shawn (Redhage) set some good picks and opened up some good shots."

Ennis produced a string of huge slam dunks and finished with 22 points, while Knight added 18 and produced another solid display in his second game back after six weeks out with concussion.

Wildcats captain Damian Martin had nine rebounds, five assists and four steals.

Sam Young (26 points) and Ben Madgen (21) were Sydney's top contributors.

The Wildcats can secure top spot and home court advantage for the play-offs with a win over Townsville at Perth Arena on Friday night.

The West Australian

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