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Kings pushed hard in NBL win over Bullets

A quiet night from Andrew Bogut hasn't stopped Sydney claiming a vital 95-93 NBL away win over Brisbane, with the Kings dealing the Bullets a big playoffs blow.

Kings pushed hard in NBL win over Bullets

A quiet night from Andrew Bogut hasn't stopped Sydney claiming a vital 95-93 NBL away win over Brisbane, with the Kings dealing the Bullets a big playoffs blow.

Sydney coach Andrew Gaze has hailed his team's poise under pressure, with the Kings dealing Brisbane a playoffs blow via a 95-93 win in their Friday night NBL showdown.

The Bullets forced the Kings to produce their highest-quality game at the Brisbane Convention Centre to hang on for their 15th win of the season.


The home side might never have a better chance to topple the Kings.

They had Sydney's marquee centre Andrew Bogut in foul trouble early and Jerome Randle at less than his sparkling best.

However, the home side couldn't contain everyone and Kings captain Kevin Lisch (15 points) and Brad Newley (14) delivered clever plays when the game was on the line.

"It was crisis today - they hit the front in that last quarter," Gaze said.

"Some of those earlier games, we started getting down on ourselves.

"I thought we showed good composure, made some good shots and found a way to win."

One more win should seal the Kings' playoff spot, while fourth-placed Brisbane are in danger of missing out after three losses in a row.

Bullets coach Andrej Lemanis said Brisbane with 12 wins were still well in the hunt for the top four and their destiny remained in their control.

"Absolutely it is. We've got two at home, two on the road. It's all there to be done," he said.

"Everyone is still playing each other and history would suggest that 15-13 definitely gets you in and 14-14 is a chance,'' he said.

"So it's absolutely in our own hands. It's a good place to be.''

Brisbane showed a willingness to do what they couldn't in the last round by going hard at Bogut in an attempt to engage and draw fouls from the former NBA star.

It was a brave mission but one that was willingly accepted by Cameron Bairstow, with 18 first-half points, and AJ Davis who earned some bruises for his commitment.

The plan worked, to a point. Bogut picked up three fouls in the first half and had less court time to influence the game.

Brisbane hadn't counted on Newley and Sydney's bench having a greater impact than in their previous encounter.

Newley had 12 points and small forward Brian Bowen tallied 13 as the Kings led by two points at three-quarter time.

Brisbane's chances were affected when Bairstow had treatment for a leg injury late in the game.

The Bullets kept fighting and scrambled to lead by three points midway through the last term but were sunk by a Randle lay-up and cool three-pointers from Lisch and David Wear.

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