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Goulding hot but Kings down NBL's United

Chris Goulding #43 of Melbourne United drives on Buddy Hield #24 of the Sacramento Kings. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Chris Goulding found his shooting touch and Melbourne United challenged the Sacramento Kings early, but the NBL team's hopes of claiming a NBA scalp fell short again.

The Kings, led by Marvin Bagley III, Yogi Ferrell and Buddy Hield, dominated the second half on Wednesday to win 124-110 at Sacramento's Golden 1 Center.

Goulding showed NBA scouts in attendance his scoring ability by sinking seven of 10 three-point attempts for 25 points.

The Tasmanian-born, Queensland-raised guard was off target against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday missing eight of nine three-pointers.

It is the third year NBL teams have flown to North America to play NBA teams in pre-season exhibition games and Melbourne have come closest to snaring an elusive win.

In 2017, they lost a one-point thriller to the Oklahoma City Thunder and, on Sunday, were up 11 points in the first half against the Clippers before losing 118-100.

Melbourne's 213cm tall centre Jo Lual-Acuil Jr has been an early shock weapon on the US trip.

Against the Clippers, he opened the game with a three-pointer and he repeated the effort against the Kings to get United off to their strong start.

The teams shared 11 lead changes in the first half.

Melbourne led by as much as four points and only trailed 31-28 at the end of the first quarter but, by halftime, the Kings - fired by Ferrell's five three-pointers - were up 60-49.

The third quarter was a rout with the Kings outscoring United 39-23.

United's Melo Trimble had 20 points, Shawn Long added 15 and 15 rebounds and Lual-Acuil Jr contributed 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Kings were without injured stars De'Aaron Fox, Trevor Ariza, Cory Joseph and Harry Giles III.

Sacramento's new coach Luke Walton also rested Serbian sharpshooter Bogdan Bogdanovic after his recent World Cup campaign.

Bagley III dominated with 30 points and 14 rebounds, Ferrell had a hot hand dropping five of six three-pointers for 24 points and Hield had three three-pointers on his way to 14 points.

The Sacramento game concludes this year's NBL-NBA series. The Utah Jazz demolished the Adelaide 36ers. 133-81, the Thunder beat the New Zealand Breakers, 110-84, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Breakers, 108-94.