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Kings in pole position, United’s finals hopes torched by ex-flame

Sydney’s Casper Ware dropped a season-high eight bombs from distance to all but torch former club Melbourne United’s chances of making the NBL finals.

The Kings’ star, who left United for the harbour city in the winter, finished with a team-high 26 points and six assists in yesterday’s 106-88 blowout. More importantly for the Kings, the win ensures they remain in pole position to claim the minor premiership with three weeks left until the finals.

Star turn: Casper Ware of the Sydney Kings controls the ball during the match against his former side Melbourne United yesterday.

Star turn: Casper Ware of the Sydney Kings controls the ball during the match against his former side Melbourne United yesterday.Credit:Getty Images

A member of United’s 2018 championship-winning side, Ware lit up his old teammates with a season-high 35 points in November in their first meeting. He had 28 points against them in December in another win.

But despite entering yesterday’s clash, shooting an ugly 29 per cent from long range, it was from beyond the arc where Ware did all his damage. He finished with eight of 15 from distance. Jae’Sean Tate added 22 points, while veteran Andrew Bogut was also a major contributor with a season-high nine assists to go with eight points.

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