The nightmare continued for Melbourne United on Saturday night as they fell to a fifth straight loss, this time to Townsville Crocs.

United's performances were almost unrecognisable compared with the team who were in finals contention just a few weeks ago as the Crocs powered to a 105-68 win at Townsville RSL.

With just nine players in uniform, United never looked in the contest losing to a Crocs team who, like United, are out of the NBL finals race but, unlike United, have vowed to go out fighting and match their words with their actions.

The Crocs starters had a field day against a tired, injured and uninspired United team as they dominated the rebound count (44-25), the points in the paint (54-20) and nearly every other statistic.

Crocs point guard Mitch Norton enjoyed a career night scoring 23 points while import forward Brian Conklin matched him with 23 points along with 10 rebounds.

United import Jordan McRae led his side with 24 points on eight of 19 shooting while Mark Worthington added 15 points and Daryl Corletto 14 points.

United co-captain Nate Tomlinson had seven assists and said his side had to turn up to its final two matches and "play hard".

"It's just a gut check," Tomlinson told NBL.TV.

"Obviously we are out of finals so there is nothing to fine tune, we can just turn up and play hard.

"We have to keep playing hard and build for next year."

David Barlow (achilles) and Owen Odigie (hip) did not play with Greg Page coming into the roster in their place.

Melbourne United still has two games to play, visiting Sydney Kings in Sydney on Friday night then finishing the regular season with a return clash against the Kings at Hisense Arena next Sunday afternoon.

Townsville Crocs 105 (M Norton 23, B Conklin 23, C Steindl 15) d Melbourne United 68 (J McRae 24, M Worthington 15, D Corletto 14) at Townsville RSL on Saturday night.