Julian Khazzouh led the Sydney Kings to an enthralling 107-103 overtime win against the Adelaide 36ers on Thursday night at the Entertainment Centre.
When Chris Warren's (15 points) three-point bomb gave Adelaide a two-point lead with just 2.5 seconds left in the fourth quarter the game appeared over.
But Khazzouh's drive to the basket on the final buzzer gave the centre two free throws to rescue the game, which he duly did.
With momentum swinging his side's way Khazzouh picked up three boards and three swats in overtime as the Kings secured the win.
His total of 20 points, 21 rebounds, four assists and three blocks proved the difference.
Rumoured to be trialling with the Golden State Warriors in the NBL next week, it took a long time for the Kings captain to come to life, and until he did Adelaide appeared to be in control.
Sixers centre Daniel Johnson (24 points, nine rebounds, three assists) put on a show early, scoring at will and helping keep Khazzouh scoreless for the first half.
With Diamon Simpson (19 points) providing the much-needed muscle under the boards along with Johnson and Stephen Weigh (12 points), the away side led by as many as eight in the second quarter and appeared set to register back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
But Kings point guard Aaron Bruce (24 points, five assists) showed why he has also attracted NBA interest, keeping the home team in the game along with Anatoly Bose (21), Jerai Grant (12), Luke Martin (13) and Ben Madgen (eight).
AAPTags: nbl, basketball, sport, sydney-2000, nsw, adelaide-5000, sa, australia First posted December 08, 2011 23:03:29