The Wildcats have one claw on the NBL trophy after handling the Hawks in Game 2 of the NBL grand final series last night.
The 89-77 result in Wollongong puts Perth on the verge of a second straight championship.
Their American stars Bryce Cotton (20) and Casey Prather (18) led the way for the Cats.
Captain Damian Martin clipped Illawarra's wings, sinking three clutch three pointers in the final quarter.
A win in Sunday's game three back in the west will write the Wildcats into the history books with title number eight.
That'd be twice their nearest rival.
And after 31 straight appearances in the NBL play-offs, who would bet against them on Sunday?