The Giants won a tight, tense North West derby 99-91 in overtime at the Trafford Sportsdome to consolidate their play-off push.
It sends them into their BBL Cup semi-final second leg with Glasgow Rocks in Scotland on Sunday – in which they must make up an eight-point deficit – in buoyant mood.
Billed as a battle of bigs Willie Clayton and his Nix opposite number CJ Gettys, it was the sharp shooting of Ingus Bankevics that was key for the home team.
The veteran guard hit six threes at 54% on his way to a game-high 22 points as the Giants moved on to a 7/7 Championship record.
Clayton was no slouch either, winning his duel with his fellow American by scoring 19 and taking 18 rebounds in comparison to Gettys’ 12 and 5.
The Giants had a gradual haul back into it after narrowly losing the first half 47-43 following a sluggish start that saw them 15-2 behind.
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But they had the better of the third period then spectacularly earned the extra five minutes via Torry Butler’s last-second three-point leveller to finish regulation time at 82-82.
The Giants were the stronger team in overtime, building up a quick lead which they held onto.
Vlatko Granic (18), Mike McCall Jnr (15, 6 assists), Butler (12), James Jones (7) and Callum Jones (6, 5 assists) all chipped in for another team performance.
Dii’Jon Allen-Jordan and Jalen Hayes scored 20 piece for the Nix.
Giants remain in eighth place in the BBL table.