The Nelson Giants remain unbeaten at home after they saw off the Waikato Pistons 76-71 in a top of the table National Basketball League clash.
Mika Vukona topscored with 21 points at the Trafalgar Centre while Phill Jones and Darryl Jones both nabbed 15 each.
Hawkes Bay had an easy 102-67 win over the visiting Otago Nuggets in Taradale while North Harbour lost on the road, going down 88-79 to the Sharks in Southland.
In New Plymouth Taranaki thrashed the Manawatu Jets 108-78.
The Pistons get two more chances to extend their league lead over the Giants, with a double header against the Saints in Wellington this weekend.