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Breakers' woes continue, crushed by Sydney Kings

Jerome Randle has shown why he's a former NBL MVP with a five-star display in Sydney's comprehensive home win over the New Zealand Breakers.

The makeshift back-court combination of Jerome Randle and Kyle Adnam sparked the Kings' crushing 100-87 defeat of the Breakers at Qudos Bank Arena.

Called into the starting five after two-time NBL MVP Kevin Lisch was a late withdrawal, back-up playmaker Adnam answered with 14 points, three assists and zero turnovers in 26 minutes.

Randle was superb with 24 points, five assists and five rebounds, two-time Olympian Brad Newley (14) had one of his best games of the season, while former NBA star Andrew Bogut tormented the Breakers from start to finish with 17 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five blocks.

Lisch (concussion) was rested after copping an accidental knock from teammate Dane Pineau on Saturday at training.

American centre Shawn Long led the visitors with 25 points and Patrick Richard had 18.

The Kings led at every change and were up by as many as 19 in the third quarter.

Newley and Randle paced the Kings with a collective 15 points in the first period, while the 2.13m Bogut had four points, five rebounds and two blocks, also showing off his clever passing with three assists.

Bogut's main rival in the middle Long had his eye in with nine early points, but the Kings took a 24-21 lead into the second quarter.

Randle and Newley continued to dominate, as Sydney connected on 67 per cent of their shots in the first half.

Bogut (seven points, seven rebounds, six assists) was firmly on track for a triple-double, helping the home team to a 52-39 halftime lead.

Sydney's win boosted their record to 5-3 to stay third on the ladder, while the Breakers dropped to 4-5.

The Kings expect to have Lisch back for Saturday's road clash with titleholders Melbourne United. New Zealand are at home on Friday night to ladder leaders Perth.

Tom Abercrombie leaves the court.
Tom Abercrombie leaves the court. Source: Photosport


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