RICHFIELD, Ohio -- Cleveland Cavaliers coach Lenny Wilkens alternated Chucky Brown, Craig Ehlo, Larry Nance and Danny Ferry in an attempt to slow Bernard King.
Unfortunately for Wilkens, he could not use all four at the same time.
King scored a season-high 46 points, hitting 20 of 29 shots in leading the Washington Bullets to a 109-89 victory over the Cavaliers last night before 12,543 at the Richfield Coliseum.
Harvey Grant, scoring 16 second-half points, added 24. Ledell Eackles gave Bullets coach Wes Unseld 13 points off the bench.
The Bullets, in control most of the game, led, 85-79, early in the fourth quarter when they went on a 10-2 run that put the game away.
Grant came alive in the third quarter, working the baseline and scoring 10, as the Cavaliers struggled to control King.
Grant scored 10 in the third quarter, sparking the Bullets to a 83-72 lead entering the final 12 minutes.
King had eight third-quarter points, his most spectacular basket coming late in the period when he sped past Ehlo and flipped a scoop layup under rookie Ferry.
King took advantage of the Cavaliers small forwards, Brown and Ehlo, scoring 28 in 20 minutes of the first half.
King hit 12 of 16 shots, as the Bullets opened a 59-47 lead by halftime.
Brown opened the game on King. It was a mismatch from the start. King's assortment of moves and pull-up jump shots were too much for Brown, a two-year veteran out of North Carolina State.
King hit six of his first nine shots, leading the Bullets to a 29-25 advantage after one quarter.
Ehlo took his turn on King in the second quarter and didn't fare any better.
King put in six of seven shots, getting his first rest when Unseld pulled him with 3:59 remaining in the half.