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Kings score miraculous win

13/10/2004 10:43:25 PM Comments (0)

The Sydney Kings have scored a miraculous come-from-behind win, beating the Melbourne Tigers 90-89 in their NBL clash at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

Kings skipper Jason Smith nailed a match-winning three-pointer with less than 10 seconds left, as the Kings came back from a 20-point deficit at three-quarter time to pip the Tigers by one point.

The Kings were never in the contest until the last quarter, as Melbourne's big three of Andrew Gaze (14 points), Mark Bradtke (11) and Lanard Copeland (19) dominated for the visitors.

Bradtke was proving unstoppable inside, and even new Kings import Mark Sanford, who was introduced midway through the opening quarter for his first taste of NBL action, couldn't stop the Tigers big man.

Bradtke triggered countless Melbourne fastbreaks as the visitors opened up a 34-13 lead at the first break.

Sydney launched a series of mini comebacks in the second term, mainly through the efforts of Smith, who finished with a game-high 31 points on five from ten shooting from beyond the three-point line.

But the home side kept shooting itself in the foot, giving up possession in almost comical fashion when CJ Bruton called a timeout late in the quarter when they had no timeouts left, resulting in a technical foul against the Kings.

Down 54-39 at the main break, the Kings continued giving the Tigers second looks at the basket, with Copeland providing the killer blow from the outside.

The Kings then kept the Tigers scoreless for the first six minutes of the final term, before Melbourne forward Dave Thomas hit a basket to hand Melbourne a 82-72 lead.

But the Kings never gave up with first Luke Kendall, who finished with 12 points, and Smith hitting from beyond the arc.

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