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Sydney Kings thrash Cairns Taipans with Sam Young leading the way

An understrength Sydney Kings side put an end to the NBL playoff hopes of the Taipans in Cairns on Friday night and significantly increased their own chances of making the final four.

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Cairns Taipans conquer Wollongong Hawks in three-point thriller

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The Cairns Taipans continued their impressive form to end Wollongong's five-game winning streak with a 82-79 win at the WIN Entertainment Centre on Saturday.

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Sam Young laments 'average' form as Sydney Kings prepare for Cairns Taipans

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 29:  Sam Young of the Kings looks on during the round 11 NBL match between the Sydney Kings and the New Zealand Breakers at Sydney Entertainment Centre in December 29, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Joosep Martinson/Getty Images)

Tom Decent Star NBA recruit Sam Young has rated his performances this season a "C average" leading into the Kings' clash with the Cairns Taipans on Friday night at the Sydney Entertainment Centre.

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NBL: Perth Wildcats lose to Cairns Taipans after Matt Knight knocked unconscious

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 24: Matt Knight of the Wildcats prepares to shoot a free throw during the round seven NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Sydney Kings at Perth Arena in November 24, 2013 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

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Centre Matt Knight was knocked unconscious in a turning point incident as leaders Perth Wildcats suffered only their second loss of the NBL season at the hands of Cairns Taipans.

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NBL: Sydney Kings rising back up NBL ladder after conquering Cairns Taipans

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12: Sam Young of the Kings brings the ball up during the round 13 NBL match between the Adelaide 36ers and the Sydney Kings at Adelaide Arena in January 12, 2014 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

The Sydney Kings are showing signs of a mid-season revival after posting their second straight win, a clutch triumph on the road in Cairns.

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Cairns Taipans complete roster puzzle by signing Demetri McCamey

TULSA, OK - MARCH 20: Demetri McCamey #32 of the Illinois Fighting Illini drives with the ball against Brady Morningstar #12 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Cairns believe the final piece in their roster puzzle may end up being the most important one.

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NBL: Early blitz sets Sydney Kings on path to victory over Cairns Taipans

Ben Madgen

David Sygall A combined effort from the Kings' most dependable players propelled them to a high-scoring win against finals contenders Cairns at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Friday night.

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NBL: Perth Wildcats set club record with win over Cairns Taipans

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 14:  Damian Martin of the Wildcats looks to hold out Jamar Wilson of the Taipans during the round six NBL match between the Perth Wildcats and the Cairns Taipans at Perth Arena in November 14, 2013 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Brad Elborough Perth Wildcats' seven-point win over the Cairns Taipans was their seventh straight victory to start the 2013-14 NBL season. That's a record for the Perth-based club in its 31-year history.

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Melbourne United signs Australian Olympic basketball star David Barlow

Two-year deal: David Barlow will join Melbourne United after several years playing in Europe.

Roy Ward David Barlow has returned home from Europe and signed with Melbourne United.

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New Zealand Breakers blitz Sydney Kings in crucial NBL clash

Kerron Johnson

The New Zealand Breakers brought the Sydney Kings back to earth with an emphatic 105-87 win on Thursday night which breathes further life into the defending champions' NBL campaign.

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Melbourne Tigers back in NBL finals

Another good show: Chris Goulding.

Roy Ward Tigers lock in third position on the NBL ladder with a 73-66 win over Cairns Taipans.

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CJ Bruton bows out on New Zealand Breakers' NBL loss

Breakers guard CJ Bruton says farewell after his last NBL match.

New Zealand Breakers legend CJ Bruton couldn't bow out on a winning note as the Cairns Taipans stormed home for a 95-83 NBL win in Auckland on Friday.

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Shane Heal furious as Sydney Kings lose again

Coach Shane Heal

Tom Decent The Sydney Kings have surrendered another lead, this time midway through the third quarter, to fall 73-62 against the Cairns Taipans at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on Friday night.

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Sydney Kings captain Ben Madgen wants an end to long breaks between NBL games

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Tom Decent Nine-day breaks between basketball games do not sit well with Sydney Kings captain Ben Madgen, so he is calling on the NBL to consider midweek games or double headers to prevent long interludes.

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Melbourne Tigers move closer to NBL play-offs berth

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Roy Ward Almost two years of transformation is starting to bear fruit for the Melbourne Tigers.

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Fresh Tiger saves game against Taipans

Tiger Adam Ballinger ponders his next move.

Roy Ward In a game of exhausted players, the rested player can be king.

NBL: Kings have plan to stop Tigers' star

Sam Young

Alex Nicholson Sydney Kings co-captain Ben Madgen promises the Sydney Kings intend to make life as hard as possible for star Melbourne Tigers forward Chris Goulding in their NBL showdown at the Sydney Entertainment...

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We can do better than that: Heal not happy despite Kings' first-up victory

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 13: James Harvey of the Kings drives to the basket during the round one NBL match between the Sydney Kings and the Melbourne Tigers at Sydney Entertainment Centre in October 13, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Sydney Kings coach Shane Heal has warned that his new-look team will keep improving after beating Melbourne Tigers 73-69 in a wildly see-sawing NBL opening round clash on Sunday.

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NZ Breakers gear up for NBL Sunshine Swing

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 10: Corey Webster of the Breakers shoots during the round one NBL match between the New Zealand Breakers and the Wollongong Hawks at Vector Arena in October 10, 2013 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Defending champions New Zealand Breakers face their first challenging road trip of the new NBL season with games against the Townsville Crocodiles and Cairns Taipans on back-to-back nights.

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Melbourne Tigers hold off Wollongong for victory in the NBL

Tiger Nate Tomlinson

Roy Ward Owen Odigie gave the Melbourne Tigers just what they needed to win over the Hawks.