The Sydney Kings have held their nerve to record a dramatic 98-96 overtime victory over the Adelaide 36ers to maintain their unbeaten start to the NBL season.
A Sixers record crowd of 8200 packed the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on Saturday night to see the home side come agonisingly close to ending the ladder leader's undefeated start.
Sydney recovered from a slow start to lead by 11 in the final quarter before Daniel Johnson (17 points, 11 rebounds) fuelled a furious Sixers fightback.
With the scores tied at 86-86, Jerome Randle missed a long triple in the final seconds of regulation with Anthony Drmic's last-gasp offensive tip rolling off the rim to send the game into overtime.
The Kings got the better of a scrappy extra period with Casper Ware coming up big when it mattered, scoring 11 of his 14 points during the fourth quarter and overtime.
Kings big men Andrew Bogut (18 points, 12 rebounds) and Jae'Sean Tate (16 points, eight boards and five assists) made a series of crucial plays while Brazilian Didi Louzada hit a clutch three-pointer in overtime on his way to a 17-point haul.
Randle led all scorers with 23 but could not prevent the Sixers falling to their first defeat at their new home stadium.
The match opened promisingly for the home side as they built a 24-12 advantage by holding the Kings' shots to 4-17 - their lowest scoring quarter for the season.
But the Kings hit back hard with an 11-0 run to open the second quarter, outscoring Adelaide 33-19 to set up a 45-43 halftime lead.
Bogut narrowly avoided being ejected in the third quarter after appearing to collect a second unsportsmanlike foul, the call being assessed against his teammate Tate instead.
The Kings reeled off nine unanswered points to take a 69-60 lead into the final quarter, Louzada pushing it into double digits at 76-65 before Johnson lit up from long range with three triples to set up a nailbiting finish.
Ware passed a fitness test on his sprained foot prior to the game but struggled for the majority of the night before coming up big in crunch time.
The Kings will hope their floor general will be fit to take on his former club Melbourne United on Monday night in Melbourne.