Vasiljevic lights it up in Kings NBL win

Red-hot Dejan Vasiljevic has produced a game for the ages, firing Sydney Kings past South East Melbourne Phoenix in an NBL point-fest.

Vasiljevic sunk his first six three-point efforts on his way to 10 from the perimeter as the Kings reeled in and beat the Phoenix 118-102.

The Kings, without Derrick Walton Jr due to ankle soreness, lit it up outside the arc, shooting 17 three pointers at 73 per cent.

None did it better than Vasiljevic, who finished with a career-best 42 points.

"I felt good. I woke up this morning feeling really good ... I'm starting to find myself and it happened tonight," Vasiljevic told broadcaster ESPN.

Defence took a back seat at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena as the two finals-bound sides put on a similar shootout to their last meeting in December, won by the Phoenix 113-112 in second overtime.

Creek was hot early, with 10 first-term points as the Phoenix led 30-24 in an all-action quarter.

At the other end, Vasiljevic began his long-range work, sinking two three-pointers before the break and four in the second term to fire up the 11,000 crowd.

The Canada-born shooting guard - who had 22 points from his first 13 minutes - said his early efforts took a personal toll.

"I'm tired. I can barely smile," he said after the match.

"I ended up throwing up halfway through the second quarter because I was so exhausted."

Vasiljevic gave the Kings a 58-55 halftime lead, with Creek and unlikely scorer Kyle Adnam (20 points, six assists) keeping the Phoenix in touch.

After the main break, they could not stay with the reigning champions, with Xavier Cooks (16 points, seven rebounds) joining Sydney's party in the third term.

Tim Soares found joy from long range for the Kings, sinking three of his four efforts.

Vasiljevic sunk his ninth midway through the last term before being benched by coach Chase Buford to Bronx cheers.

With the game in the bag, Vasiljevic returned to clear the 40-point milestone with his 10th three with just 25 seconds on the clock.

While Sydney march on, the fade-out will leave the Phoenix fuming.

Club leaders, including Creek, called for a response after a poor loss to the Tasmania JackJumpers three days ago, and while they hit triple-figures, the Phoenix could not compete with the relentless Kings.