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Adelaide beat Sydney by seven points

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/12/2016 Tim Keeble

The Adelaide 36ers chalked up their seventh straight victory with Sunday's convincing 103-96 defeat of the Sydney Kings at Qudos Bank Arena.Five Adelaide players scored in double figures, while Kings guard Jason Cadee scored a game-high 29 points.The Kings held narrow quarter-time and halftime leads but couldn't match the visitors' energy and efficiency in the second half."At no stage were we able to contain them defensively and we had to try and out-shoot them," Sydney coach Andrew Gaze said."Our intensity isn't where it needs to be and our concentration isn't where it needs to be."We don't always have that individual desire to stop your man."Cadee and American forward Greg Whittington combined for 13 points in the opening period, while Sixers captain Mitch Creek had 11 off the bench, as Sydney built a 26-25 quarter-time lead.The second period was an arm-wrestle featuring eight lead changes and six ties.Adelaide forward Daniel Johnson paced his team's scoring with 12 points in the quarter, but Cadee and Whittington stayed hot and the Kings had their noses in front 51-49 at halftime.The Sixers connected on a sizzling 61 percent of their shot attempts in the half, including four of six from three-point range.Adelaide took advantage of a controversial technical foul on Kings forward Tom Garlepp late in the third period, patiently working their way to a 79-74 lead with a quarter to play.They answered Sydney's last-ditch challenges and have now beaten the Kings in three out of three meetings this season."I've got a way of keeping them grounded," Adelaide coach Joey Wright said of his high-flying side."We were taking some shots tonight that were 'we've won six in a row so let's see what happens'. We'll talk about that extensively at our next video session."The Kings are back on deck with this Friday's home game against NSW rivals Illawarra, while the Sixers host Perth on Thursday night.

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