Bruton helps NZ Breakers best Kings in close game
A THIRD-QUARTER blitz by the New Zealand Breakers set up a 99-88 victory against the Sydney Kings on Monday and earned the Kiwis a place in this season's best-of-three finals series against the Perth Wildcats.
Leading by seven points at half-time, the Kings gave their fans hope the series would need a deciding third game when James Harvey nailed a three-pointer to start the third quarter.
But veteran CJ Bruton showed he still had the magic, a seven-point scoring burst combined with a buzzer-beating triple from Corey Webster giving the Breakers an unlikely 10-point lead at the last change.
Harvey (25 points), captain Ben Madgen (29 points) and big man Ian Crosswhite tried hard to lift the home side in the last quarter, but Bruton, who nailed 20 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the scoring for the Breakers, was the star as the minor premiers held on to record a solid 11-point win.
The Breakers will now host the Wildcats in game one of the grand final series on Sunday afternoon.
Perth will fancy its chances of reversing last year's Breakers series win after beating the New Zealanders 3-1 during the season.