The Wildcats are coming off losing the last two NBL grand final series' to the New Zealand Breakers, but have made a statement early in the 2013/14 season now having won their opening five games after beating the Kings at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Sunday, 82-72.
Meanwhile, Melbourne got its first win of the season over the Adelaide 36ers, beating them 93-79 at The Cage in Sunday's other match with star shooting guard Chris Goulding on fire with 29 points.
The results bring an end to Round 3 of the 2013/14 NBL season that sees the Wildcats out on top with a 5-0 record ahead of the 2-1 Cairns Taipans and 2-2 Adelaide 36ers.
The Sydney Kings, Wollongong Hawks, Townsville Crocodiles and Melbourne Tigers all sit on 1-2 records after three rounds while the triple champion New Zealand Breakers are last on 1-3 having lost its last three matches on the trot.
The Tigers had opened their season with losses to the Kings and Wildcats on the back of losing captain Tommy Greer and import Stephen Dennis on the eve of the season, but showed a glimpse of their potential in a strong showing on Sunday.
The 36ers were coming off a win on Friday night in Cairns but couldn’t keep up with the Tigers throughout the afternoon despite dominating the glass with 44 rebounds to 35, and 19 to 12 at the offensive end.
However, Adelaide shot just 38 per cent from the field and 24 per cent from three-point range to be struggling offensively with Melbourne getting the job done largely thanks to the efforts of Goulding.
The shooting guard finished with 29 points on the back of 11-of-22 shooting from the field and 5-of-10 from three-point range.
Mark Worthington also added 17 points, seven rebounds and three assists for the Tigers with centre Scott Morrison finishing with 15 points, nine boards and two blocked shots. Lucas Walker also had an impressive 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Adelaide big man, and former Tiger, Daniel Johnson led the way for the Sixers with 20 points and six rebounds. Point guard Gary Ervin added 16 points, Anthony Petrie 15 (and 12 rebounds) and Mitch Creek 10 to go with his seven boards.
The Wildcats were coming off a hard fought win over the Breakers in Auckland on Thursday while the Kings were well rested, and still angry after the previous Friday's capitulation in Perth where they gave up 15 straight last quarter points to the Wildcats after scores were tied.
However, this Sunday's clash followed a similar storyline as Perth ran out 10-point victors on the back of keeping the Kings scoreless for the first seven minutes and 18 seconds of the final period.
The Wildcats had already racked up 12 points in the last quarter by that point and that 12-0 run for more than seven minutes was enough to secure the win, and to make Sydney coach Shane Heal decidedly even angrier with his chargers than he was the week before.
Quite simply, Perth made the right plays down the stretch, nailed their shots offensively and played strong defence that Sydney had no answer for, and responded with poor shots and turnovers.
While No. 1 import James Ennis has stolen the headlines so far this NBL season and again had some highlight-reel worthy plays in the win over the Kings in his 18 points and 11 rebounds, it was Perth's other import Jermaine Beal who was the star of the show.
Beal finished with 24 points and seven assists on the back of 8-of-13 shooting from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range.
Veteran forward Shawn Redhage also added 18 points while Jesse Wagstaff had nine points and captain Damian Martin six to go with four assists, three steals and two rebounds.
Sydney big man AJ Ogilvy top-scored for the Kings again with 17 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. Charles Carmouche and Ben Madgen both had 15 points apiece but only shot for a combined 10-of-30 from the field.
Round 4 of the NBL season will see the New Zealand Breakers tip things off hosting the Adelaide 36ers at North Shore Events Centre on Thursday.
There are then two matches on Friday night with the Townsville Crocs hosting the Sydney Kings and the Perth Wildcats taking on the Wollongong Hawks.
The Cairns Taipans will then host the Melbourne Tigers on Saturday night before on Sunday, the Sixers host the Kings and the Hawks take on the Breakers in Wollongong.