You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Sixers down Kings in NBL thriller

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016

The Adelaide 36ers have stunned NBL pacesetters the Sydney Kings with a last-gasp 82-80 triumph.

Adelaide banked a sixth consecutive win after coming from nine points down at the last change to dethrone the Kings in a thriller on Friday night at Titanium Security Arena.

Daniel Johnson netted two clutch free throws in the frenetic final stages to give the 36ers a one-point lead with four seconds remaining in their home fixture.

The Kings botched their chance of winning when, in possession, Kevin Lisch rammed into the back of Adelaide's Nathan Sobey as the 36er tried to block.

Lisch's foul denied the visitors a chance to pinch victory as the Kings slipped to their seventh loss of the season for a 10-7 win-loss record.

Adelaide's sluggish start to the season is a memory, with the 36ers now 8-6 and having played three fewer games than the Kings.

Lisch's blunder marred an influential game from the King, who led the scoring for his team with 19 points.

He also recorded five rebounds and three assists.

Adelaide linchpin Jerome Randle netted a game-high 24 points - 15 of them coming in the first half - while Johnson's pressure-cooked late free-throws lifted his game return to 10 points.

Sobey potted 15 points for Adelaide, who streeted to a 31-26 lead at quarter-time, with Randle bagging 10 points in a dominant opening.

But the influence of the 36ers' star import waned in the second stanza as the Kings shut him down and Adelaide were unable to find little scoring power.

Sydney's rally silenced the home crowd as the visitors took a 42-41 lead into halftime.

The Kings then continued their momentum, stretching to a 65-56 break after the third period.

But Adelaide produced a stellar final quarter to pinch the win before another meeting between the clubs in Sydney on Sunday.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon