Career-high Creek leads Sixers victory
A CAREER-high 30-points from Mitch Creek broke Sydney's hearts and extended Adelaide's winning streak to five on Saturday night as the Sixers conjured a three-point victory on the road.
The Kings led virtually all game before Adelaide's stars took over in the final minutes to win 104-101.
In a stunning turnaround from Thursday night against Cairns when he didn't take a single shot, Creek was 11/12 from the field and was 7/8 from the free-throw line. Moments after Nathan Sobey levelled scores with a clutch three with 1:30 left on the clock, Creek completed a massive three-point play after being fouled in the key.
His offensive rebounding was also crucial in the win by allowing his teammates a second chance to score all night.
Josh Childress and Sobey had been barely sighted all game when they sprang to life in the final quarter with important baskets while Daniel Johnson (22 points) and Shannon Shorter (20 points) were consistent all night. Sydney started promisingly with Brad Newley knocking down back-to-back threes to give the Kings a six-point lead.
But a Shannon Shorter three on the buzzer tied scores at quarter-time. Creek sent a minor scare through the camp when he left the court with what appeared to be a back injury after eight minutes but returned and showed no signs of being hampered with strong work in the paint.
Adelaide made its move in the second quarter and led by six but let Sydney back into the game with sloppy offence and turnovers as the Kings went to the main break with a six-point advantage.
Jerome Randle and Shorter then went toe-to-toe and the reigning league MVP produced some of his magic.
Creek dug deep to lift his teammates with his typically gritty attack on the ball and also sunk an unlikely three-pointer but Sydney still held a narrow lead at three-quarter-time.
Trailing 83-79 midway through the third term Creek stole the ball at half-court and completed the three-point play but got an unsportsmanlike foul for letting Isaac Humphries know about it.
There was no stopping Newley who continued to shoot the lights out and when it mattered as he finished with 21 points to go with 22 from Jerome Randle for Sydney.
But Adelaide showed why it's headed to the play-offs and the Kings are not by stepping up when the game was on the line.
Adelaide is unbeaten in 2018 with 5/5 ahead of Friday's home game against Illawarra.