Crawford runs hot as JackJumpers end Kings streak
Gun import Jordon Crawford has exploded late to lead the Tasmania JackJumpers to a club-record score in a 105-95 NBL road win over the defending champion Sydney Kings.
The American guard opened the final period at Qudos Bank Arena on Sunday with four consecutive three-pointers and scored all of his team's points on a stunning 14-2 run.
It gave the JackJumpers a game-high 19-point lead and just about put the result to bed after Sydney had lost Jaylin Galloway (shoulder) and Jonah Bolden (fouled out).
The Kings never gave up but could not close the gap as Crawford finished with a game-high 32 points.
Fellow import Milton Doyle and Majok Deng each scored 17 for Tasmania, who recorded their second win over Sydney in as many attempts this season.
"I had a couple of opportunities where I'm open and I shot the ball," Crawford said.
"Marcus (Lee) and Majok were setting great screens and in order for me to get those shots, them guys have to get me open.
"They did a hell of a job in doing that and it was a team effort.
"The ball was hot, the ball was moving and everybody contributed today."
Sydney only had themselves to blame for the loss as they went 10-of-37 from three-point range.
Jaylen Adams (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Jordan Hunter (16, five) couldn't lift the Kings over the line.
"Sometimes you just miss shots," Kings coach Mahmoud Abdelfattah said.
"We've been practising these for the last two-and-a-half months, we got some great looks and at the end of the day that's the difference.
"When you're missing a ton of shots you've got to win the offensive rebounding battle and they beat us on that."
Tasmania burst out to a double-figure lead when they piled on 36 points during the opening period, and the margin blew out to 18 before halftime.
Doyle (12 points), Deng and Jack McVeigh (both 10) all did plenty of damage on the scoreboard in the first half for the visitors, who never trailed.
Galloway's huge dunk sparked Sydney early in the third period and they cut the margin to three.
But he and Bolden soon exited and Crawford's scintillating run gave the JackJumpers the upper hand.
The Kings are hopeful Galloway will be fit for Saturday's trip to take on the Cairns Taipans along with former Snake DJ Hogg potentially making his Sydney debut against his old side.
"The doctors may have other plans, but he's doing alright," Abdelfattah said.
"Obviously he was out for the rest of the game and he's in pain a little bit, but we'll see."
HUNGRY JACK'S NBL ROUND 4
SYDNEY KINGS 95 (Adams 21, Hunter 16, Toohey 13)
TASMANIA JACKJUMPERS 105 (Crawford 32, Deng 17, Doyle 17)