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Adelaide beat Sydney by seven points

AAP logoAAP 18/12/2016 Tim Keeble

Daniel Johnson of the Adelaide 36ers drives to the basket under pressure from Greg Whittington of the Kings during the round 11 NBL match between Sydney and Adelaide on December 18, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images Daniel Johnson of the Adelaide 36ers drives to the basket under pressure from Greg Whittington of the Kings during the round 11 NBL match between Sydney and Adelaide on December 18, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. The Adelaide 36ers chalked up their seventh straight victory with Sunday's convincing 103-93 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.

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 from six in the 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.

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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