Kings pushed hard in NBL win over Bullets

Brisbane were smart but Sydney were smarter as the Kings dealt the Bullets' playoff hopes a big blow with a 95-93 win in their Friday night NBL match.

The Bullets forced the Kings to produce their highest-quality game at the Brisbane Convention Centre. The visitors held 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 hosts 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.

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

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, as a consequence, had less court time to influence the game.

Brisbane hadn't counted on Brad 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.

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