Americans spark Kings' NBL win over Breakers

Brad Newley of the Kings goes up for a basket during the round 13 NBL match between the Sydney Kings and the New Zealand Breakers. Mark Evans/Getty Images

Americans David Wear and Brian Bowen have played big parts as Sydney consolidated top spot in the NBL with a 100-92 home win over NZ Breakers.

The Kings improved to 13-6 on Friday as they registered their first season sweep over any club since 2007/08.

Forward Wear, whose place was questioned by some pundits earlier in the season, scored an NBL career-high 19 and also hauled in eight rebounds.

"He was able to make some shots for us and I thought he did a great job defensively," Kings' coach Andrew Gaze said of Wear.

"He's had his ups and downs as we all have, and continues to work at it, and it's a delight to see him get a reward for the work that he has been putting in."

Gaze also praised athletic youngster Bowen, who didn't have a point against his name at three-quarter time, but effectively settled the contest with 12 in the last term.

Much of the the pre-game interest was on the matchup between big men Andrew Bogut of Sydney and Breakers counterpart Shawn Long.

Long outscored the Kings centre 20 to 9, and had one more rebound, but seemed to get increasingly frustrated after halftime, scoring just five after the long break.

Efficient Bogut made four of his five goal attempts and added nine rebounds, five assists and three blocks as well as helping to reduce Long's influence in the second half in a good all round performance.

The Breakers scored the first six points, but Sydney fought back to lead by two at the first two breaks and one at the last.

The Kings led by as much as 13 in the last and while the Breakers made some mini runs in the second half, they couldn't reel Sydney in.

"We did keep fighting back but that's a great team," Breakers' coach Kevin Braswell said after his sixth-placed team dropped to 6-8..

"They are only going to allow you to have so many times you can fight back and in the fourth quarter they put us away.

"I thought we gave up too many offensive rebounds at crucial moments."

Captain Kevin Lisch top scored for Sydney with 20 and Jerome Randle chipped in with 18.

For the Breakers, Tai Wesley scored 16 and Jarrad Weeks added offensive punch off the bench with 15.