The Kings led at every change. Casper Ware had the hot hand, registering 27 points, including six from 10 beyond the arc.
“We felt we didn’t play hard enough in that last game last week,” Ware said.
“We came out and competed for this thing.”
Asked if he took it upon himself to personally lift his offensive output, Ware said: “No, I didn’t think about point-scoring. My goal was to come out here and have a level of intensity that my team can match, just set the tone for my team on defence.
“Offence comes and goes, but defence can stay there the whole game.”
A week after notching a career-high 28 points and becoming the first Kings rookie to do so, Dejan Vasiljevic had to be content with just 15 this time. Only early foul trouble limited Jarell Martin to 23.
However, the biggest turnaround was on the defensive side of the court. Just days after being added to the Boomers squad, 36ers star Isaac Humphreys was restricted to just four points. The adjustments made by Sydney coach Adam Forde during the past week paid off.
The 36ers had the advantage of the biggest crowd of the season. A total of 7371 fans – including former Test fast bowler Jason Gillespie – crammed into the Adelaide Entertainment Centre. They had precious little to cheer about.
It has been difficult to accurately gauge the form of the teams in the early rounds of the league given some have benefited from a block of home games. Now it is Sydney’s turn to benefit from a home crowd. Despite a bulging injury ward that includes Angus Glover, Xavier Cooks, Didi Louzada and Daniel Kickert, the Kings’ three losses to date have been by a combined total of just nine points.