Sport Kings beat Phoenix by four in NBL thriller

11:35  23 november  2019
11:35  23 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The NBL frontrunners maintained their stellar start to the season at Melbourne Arena on Saturday as they won their 10th game in 11 starts, extending their unbeaten streak to four matches.

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But it was not without drama as the Phoenix came back from 20 points down in the third quarter to take a one-point lead after John Roberson gave the home side their first lead of the game with 48 seconds left.

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The Kings rookie guard came flying in from the perimeter to rebound the miss and throw down a monster put-back dunk to give the Kings the “We’re young but it’s just a reputation that you’re trying to get in the league to let everyone know that when you’re coming in, you’re not just going to lay down.”

Casper Ware answered with a baseline jumper to put the Kings back in front and Jae'sean Tate added a free throw for an 88-86 advantage, before stopping the Phoenix on their final possession and Ware icing the game from the foul line.

Ware finished with a team-high 25 points, while Tate made a series of crucial baskets in the fourth quarter on his way to 24 points and eight rebounds.

The Phoenix came into the match as the league's leading long-distance shooting team, but Sydney's perimeter defence held them to one three-pointer from six attempts in the first half.

The Kings' playmakers also came to the fore as Ware and Andrew Bogut combined for 19 points in the second quarter as Sydney outscored the Phoenix 30-18 to lead by 18 at halftime.

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South East Melbourne made a dramatic comeback with a 28-12 surge in the third quarter, Roberson piling on 15 to cut the margin to two.

But despite Roberson's 25 points and a 20-point, seven -ebound effort from Mitch Creek, the Phoenix could not avoid falling to a third-straight loss.

Ware and Tate looked dangerous early as Sydney won the opening quarter 25-19, the home side unable to capitalise on their 15-8 rebounding advantage.

Bogut made his presence felt in the second period with nine points and a spectacular block on former Kings teammate Kyle Adnam to set up a Didi Louzada dunk and a 47-31 advantage.

The Kings led 55-37 at halftime and opened the scoring in the second half but, with Roberson finding his range from deep and Creek attacking the basket, the Phoenix came roaring back to trail 67-65 with one quarter to play.

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