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The Break­ers are 1-6 this year against the top three teams in the NBL and for sixth man of the year con­tender Pa­trick Richard enough is enough.

The Break­ers, rid­ing a four-game los­ing streak, all against those afore­men­tioned trio of ti­tle con­tenders, host the third-placed Syd­ney Kings to­mor­row at Spark Arena in Auck­land (2.20pm tipoff) and Richard feels like it’s pay­back time for the freefalling Kiwi out­fit.

An­drew Bogut and the Kings count a 100-87 vic­tory in Syd­ney on Novem­ber 18 among those four straight de­feats for the Break­ers since they bat­tled their way to 4-3 through the early rounds.

Given the Syd­neysiders also thumped the Break­ers 101-78 at Spark back in round two, it’s fair to say the Kiwi out­fit head in with a mind­set very much like they owe the Kings one.

‘‘Last time they came here and kicked our butts . . . we know we owe them one and we need a vic­tory right now too,’’ said Richard who is av­er­ag­ing 12.6 points, 3.6 re­bounds and 2.1 as­sists for the 4-7 Break­ers so far.

‘‘We know we can play with them. Bogut is a force on both ends, and [Jerome] Ran­dle is gonna get his with the type of game he plays. But [Brad] Newley hurt us last time, and [Kyle] Ad­nam has stuck it to us twice. We’ll be fo­cused a lit­tle bit more this time and hope­fully we can get ‘em at home.’’

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