Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis believes his team rediscovered their identity after a confidence-building 81-73 victory over Canada at Perth's RAC Arena on Saturday night.
Australia were under pressure after suffering an unexpected 20-point thrashing at the hands of a third-string Canada outfit on Friday.
But after starting sluggishly and trailing by 10 points in the third quarter, the Boomers exploded from the three-point arc and pulled away from a gallant Canada.
The Boomers finished 12 of 31 from deep in a much improved effort after a pitiful six of 34 effort in game one.
Jock Landale again was a top performer with a team-high 13 points, while an energetic Jonah Bolden (12 points and 5 rebounds) was a spark off the bench.
Canada was led by Khem Birch (18 points) and Oshae Brissett (14).
Australia were boosted by the inclusion of Phoenix Suns big man Aron Baynes but he struggled to have an impact finishing with just four points.
Boomers stars Patty Mills (general soreness) and Andrew Bogut (rest) were held out of the line-up.
Canada were also weakened without guard Kevin Pangos, who starred in game one with 18 points.
Lemanis said the Boomers played with their renowned physicality after a lethargic performance in the opener.
"Defensively we were better. We were more engaged and disruptive," he told reporters.
"I thought we fought through screens better and were better on that end of the floor.
"We played a bit more with pace and took better shots and found our identity. We did a better job at spacing the floor, attacking the rim and moving and sharing the ball."
Lemanis believed the Boomers were improving steadily ahead of the basketball World Cup.
"It's about the process of building and evolving as a group," he said.
"There were lots of good learning to take from last night. That's what pleases me the most is that we're advancing to be the team we want to be."
Canada assistant coach Geordie Herbert was satisfied with his underdog team splitting their games in Perth.
"It was very positive for us," he said.
"We played and competed extremely well but shot the ball better last night from three point land.
"We have only been together for 10 days and we have really improved every game defensively."
Australia travel to Melbourne for games against the USA on August 22 and 24 in their last warm-up games before the World Cup.
The Boomers' first game at the tournament will be against Canada on September 1.
Australian Associated Press