The Illawarra Hawks completed a perfect weekend on Sunday in Sydney to haul themselves off the bottom of the NBL ladder, coming from behind to beat the Kings for the first time this season.
Rotnei Clarke was at his fearsome best, erupting for 14 of his game-high 29 points (5/8 threes) in the 4th quarter after Illawarra trailed 65-64 at three-quarter time.
Nick Kay was integral with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Demitrius Conger finished with 10 points and eight boards.
Illawarra's victory came hot on the heels of Friday's 31-point thumping of the Bullets in Brisbane and boosted their record to 3-5.
"He's a former MVP of the league and we want the ball in Rotnei's hands at crucial times," Illawarra coach Rob Beveridge said.
"I think fatigue took its toll on Sydney down the stretch.
"We had to junk it up and it was pretty ugly at times, but we wanted to apply that consistent pressure physically and mentally."
The Kings are last with two wins from eight games and can't get injured captain Kevin Lisch back soon enough.
Perry Ellis and Brad Newley combined for 37 points and 19 rebounds for Sydney, while Todd Blanchfield added 14 points.
The game was perhaps the closest of any contest this season, culminating in 37 lead changes and 14 ties.
Illawarra's win avenged two previous losses to their New South Wales rivals including an overtime thriller last Sunday in Wollongong.
Sydney took advantage of the Hawks' slow start in the opening quarter, racing to a 9-2 lead which had Illawarra coach Rob Beveridge burning his first timeout after three minutes.
The Hawks responded with a 12-2 surge to take their first lead and were up 21-20 after one quarter on the strength of Clarke's shooting.
The game became a grind in the second period as both teams focused on defence more than usual and the pace slowed, neither team was able to pull away in a first half featuring a staggering 23 lead changes.
AJ Ogilvy's free throws late in the quarter broke yet another deadlock before Blanchfield drilled a three in the closing seconds to give Sydney a 44-43 half-time lead.
The third period was much of the same, with Newley and Ellis driving the Kings to a 65-64 lead with a quarter to play.
Clarke's red-hot shooting ensured Illawarra dominated the final period, leaving Sydney alone at the bottom of the ladder.
"We're gutted with the result, but we saw some good things happening out there," Sydney coach Andrew Gaze said.
"For 85 or 90 per cent of the game it was a contest, but they were the better team down the stretch.
"It's very easy to get down and second-guess ourselves, but we've just gotta keep putting the work in. We have to rally the troops and keep everyone's sprits and motivation high."
The Kings don't play another home game until November 30th with the purple & gold on the road against Melbourne United on Saturday, the first game of a three game road trip. While the Hawks are also in enemy territory with Saturday night's game against the Sixers in Adelaide.
ILLAWARRA HAWKS 93 (Clarke 29, Kay 17, Conger 10, Norton 10)
SYDNEY KINGS 83 (Ellis 19, Newley 18, Blanchfield 14)
Crowd: 7'210 at Qudos Bank Arena
Catch live NBL on SWR Sport this season! Our next broadcast is November 16th at 7pm as the Illawarra Hawks and Sydney Kings close out their season series at the WIN Entertainment Centre