INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Score one for Terry Teagle, who needed it. The former Golden State launcher whose Lakers debut had been on the quiet side went off last night.
Teagle scored nine of his 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Lakers shook off the pesky Washington Bullets to win their 10th game in the last 12, 106-99, before 15,809 at the Forum.
The Lakers led by 15 points before Bernard King single-handedly revived his teammates. He scored 15 of his 40 points in the third quarter as Washington pulled to 75-73.
Then Teagle started raining jumpers on the Bullets.
"Hey, we had to have it from Terry tonight," Lakers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "If we don't get the performance we did, I don't think we win the game.
"They're a tough team. They've beaten Golden State twice, Chicago once, Detroit. Looks like they get after the big teams. They're a typical Wes Unseld team. They play extremely hard, and when you've got a guy like Bernard King . . .
"He [King] had it going as well as I've seen anybody get it going."
King entered the game No. 4 in the league in scoring.
Teagle entered somewhat cooler -- having made 41 percent of his shots, going 6-for-15 on the last Lakers' trip.
At least, Dunleavy said, Teagle hadn't passed up any shots.
"If he showed he didn't have confidence in his shot," Dunleavy said, "we'd have had to have a talk."
The Bullets, possessors of one of the least-publicized lineups in the league, start a guard named Haywoode Workman. A center named Larry Robinson started for a while, but recently went on the injured list.
Their appearance in league cities is met by cries of "Who?"
"Haywoode beat out Steve Colter," John Nash, the Bullets' general manager, said before the game. "Larry is a similar situation, a non-drafted free agent who made the team in camp."
The Bullets are known as a scrappy bunch -- last season, they stunned the Lakers at the Capital Centre. Last night, the Lakers trailed, 15-12, then tore off a 17-5 run, led by Vlade Divac, who had nine points and eight rebounds. At the end of the quarter, Byron Scott, who had missed all six of his shots, made a running three-pointer to give the Lakers a 29-20 lead.
They led by 12 at the half and 15 in the third period before King almost single-handedly lifted the Bullets back into the game.
The Bullets today waived rookie guard Larry Robinson (Centenary)who had been on the injured list since Nov. 27 with a bad ankle.Robinson played in ten games with the Bullets,averaging 6.7 points.