Sydney 106, Adelaide 84
Only days 5 prior, the Sixers mounted the greatest of comebacks against a spirited Sydney Kings. Not this time.
The first quarter was relatively tight after Sydney pulled back on Adelaide's 15-9 lead. The Kings got hot in the second quarter though, outscoring Adelaide 33-17 . A Brendan Teys triple got Adelaide back to trailing by two, 38-36, but the Kings went on a vicious 17-4 run to finish the quarter. Star fill-in Al Harrington nailed three consecutive threes and Dion Prewster finished the half with a 3 to send the Kings into the half with a 15 point lead.
Predictably, Adelaide mounted a big comeback in the third, largely thanks to Randle willing himself into the contest and DJ breaking the shackles after a quiet game. He was again bothered by Khazzouh but managed to score 9 for the quarter ( largely when Khazzouh was not in his vicinity). Sydney held a 72-63 lead going into the last quarter.
The Kings wouldn't be denied this time though with the benefit of the (small) home crowd, Khazzouh not fouling out, tracking it's timeouts properly and not bricking most of it's free throws. Adelaide went on some mini-runs but didn't have enough in the bag this time to pull off an unlikely win.
Jerome Randle was clearly Adelaide's best (22 pts), with DJ's numbers (15 and 9) flattering him a little. Not much help from the bench again, especially with Peach starting this time. Cadee (22 pts, 5 ast) and Harrington (27pts, 11reb) were excellent for Sydney with some great support coming from Khazzouh, Carter and Garlepp.
Adelaide has Townsville at home Saturday up next, it's thirds game in 7 days and needing a win to get back to .500 basketball.