Sydney Kings head coach Will Weaver has praised his team's maturity as a dominant display fired the ladder leaders to a 102-79 win at Illawarra Hawks on Friday evening, making them the first team to secure a 2019-20 NBL finals spot.
Kings put in a powerful performance and led for all but three minutes, holding off the Hawks all the way from the seventh minute of the second period.
Six Kings players scored in double figures as they hit the century mark for the first time in seven games.
It was a far cry from the Kings last visit to Wollongong, when they went home on the end of an upset 85-80 loss.
"We were a lot more mature than we were the last time we showed up here," Weaver said.
"It's only a matter of weeks, but the level of focus our guys have given to improvement, individual reflection, collective reflection and conversations around the fact that things go in, things don't go in.
"It took us the first quarter to figure out how aggressive they were defensively and stopped just ramming ourselves in there recklessly, at which point the whole game opened up and you saw the results.
"There were stretches where the guys were just taking what was in front of them, making hard, aggressive decisions, driving the heck out of the ball, sharing it when help came and making open shots."
The Kings are back in action on Sunday afternoon, when they take on Melbourne United in Sydney.
Australian Associated Press