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R6 Report: Harrington fires, Sydney fend off Sixers comeback

Superstar import Al Harrington lit up Qantas Credit Union Arena on Thursday night as the Sydney Kings survived a spirited second-half fightback by the Adelaide 36ers to claim a confidence-boosting 106-84 win. Harrington was the catalyst for Sydney, lighting up for 13 second-quarter points on the way to a game-high 27. The veteran of 16 NBA seasons rounded out his productive offensive performance with 11 rebounds and five assists, while home-grown Sydney product Jason Cadee also stepped up with 22 points – 14 in the second half, including nine in the fourth quarter. Sydney fans may have feared a repeat of the previous week’s road clash with the 36ers, a game the Kings lost by one after taking an 18-point lead into the final period. But despite some anxious moments down the stretch on Thursday, the home team held their nerve and clinched a third victory of the season. [ooyala code="VkMm5zeDpDLz9taUP8xPDBztlA7eqh4d" player_id="d5b993422b3e4b5ebd61f9e19ca2a6a5" width="1920" height="1080" auto="true"] ‘’This is going to sound stupid, but that disappointing loss last week is actually going to help our cohesion and how we handle pressure down the stretch,” Sydney coach Damian Cotter said post-game. “We put ourselves in harm’s way in the fourth quarter tonight but we rallied through it. “The big fella [Harrington] was terrific for us in the first half and he was well supported by a few others.” Harrington was motivated for a big game after last week’s heart-breaker. “No disrespect to Adelaide, but we felt we were the better team and we really gave up a game,” Harrington said. “Tonight we played for 40 minutes. They cut it to six but there was no panic and we found a way to win big. It’s a step in the right direction in the way we’re growing as a team.” Leading by 15 at halftime, the Kings let the margin fall to six in the third period before Cadee splashed a timely three at the buzzer to put his team ahead 72-63 at three-quarter time. Down 23-22 after 10 minutes, the Kings regrouped, taking a 38-33 lead when Harrington spun on Lucas Walker and rattled the rim with a punishing slam midway through the second period. An energised Harrington let Walker know about it and he went on to dominate the final minutes of the half, nailing three long bombs in quick succession – including an improbable bank shot from the left corner – followed by a dime to Dion Prewster for yet another Kings triple. Harrington poured in 13 points on the quarter, as the Kings closed with a game-changing 16-2 run to take a 55-40 lead into the halftime break. Adelaide kept punching and eventually cut the deficit to five with seven minutes remaining. But the Kings had learned their lesson from a week prior, aggressively answering the Sixers’ challenge and closing the game out with Cadee’s long-range daggers. Guard Jerome Randle tallied a team-high 22 points for the Sixers and centre Daniel Johnson added “Our effort was very poor,” Sixers coach Joey Wright said. “We haven’t shown a consistent effort in our last three or four games. “Tomorrow we’re going to turn into track stars and do some running.” The Kings will be aiming to produce a similar effort when they host the New Zealand Breakers next Thursday, while Adelaide (4-5) will look to bounce back at home against Townsville on Saturday. Sydney Kings 106 (Harrington 27, Cadee 22, Thornton 17) Adelaide 36ers 84 (Randle 22, Johnson 15, Ere 11) BOX SCORE
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