Don’t rule out the defending champion Sydney Kings just yet.
The Kings kept their NBL title defence alive on Sunday with a remarkably brave 81-74 Game 2 victory over the New Zealand Breakers.
Sydney defied the odds to level the series at 1-all despite losing stars Xavier Cooks (ankle) and Derrick Walton Jr (quad) to injuries at halftime.
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Walton Jr lasted less than five minutes while Cooks only played nine minutes as he continued to battle after copping knocks in Game 1.
Sydney could’ve struggled missing its stars, but Kouat Noi and Justin Simon put on a show for the Kings.
Noi came off the bench to drop 20 points while he added four rebounds.
Simon was simply sensational for Sydney at both ends of the floor.