Barkley gets 35, as 76ers take OT to defeat Bullets Washington loses at Arena, 106-105

December 27, 1990|By Alan Goldstein

During Christmas week, there are reruns of uplifting movies like "It's A Wonderful Life." But whenever the Washington Bullets see the Philadelphia 76ers, they seem to suspect the feature will turn out to be "Les Miserables."

In November, they lost an overtime game at The Spectrum, blowing a 10-point lead and seeing Ron Anderson tie it in regulation with a three-point shot.

But last night's 106-105 overtime loss to the 76ers at the Baltimore Arena had to be even more frustrating for the Bullets (10-16), whose three-game winning streak ended.

The 76ers (19-8) seemingly teased the crowd of 12,088 by giving the Bullets countless opportunities to win it in both regulation and overtime.

"We had a lot of chances to win this one," said Bullets point guard Darrell Walker, "but when we play Philadelphia, we never seem to get the good bounce or roll. We don't, but they do."

The 76ers geared their defense to stop Bernard King (35 points) in crunch time. But the Bullets still tried to get the ball in King's hands. When that failed, they either forced low-percentage shots or questionable passes with the 24-second clock running down.

"When Bernard was going good, he was still scoring with two and three men on him," said Walker. "When he's hot, you have to keep going to him."

But King made his last field goal with 75 seconds left in regulation, and no one else was able to step forward to preserve the Bullets' five-game home winning streak.

Walker had the most opportunities to end the 76ers' jinx in the last 30 seconds of regulation.

First, he tossed up an air ball on a long jumper. Then, with just more than three seconds left, the Bullets point guard found an open lane to the basket. But his layup attempt was blocked cleanly by Hersey Hawkins.

Walker would have one more chance after one of the most bizarre plays of the season.

With 1.1 seconds remaining, 76ers center Mike Gminski attempted to throw a lob pass from out of bounds to Charles Barkley under the basket. But Gminski's high-arcing pass bounced off the board and through the net for a violation.

The Bullets had only enough time for Walker to launch a running 30- footer that bounced high off the rim.

Barkley (35 points, eight rebounds, five steals) staked the 76ers to a 106-103 lead in the first three minutes of overtime with four points and a pass to Rickey Green, who made an open jumper.

But the 76ers would not score again, and several offensive blunders gave the Bullets a chance to steal it back.

Green committed a turnover, only to see King return the favor. Ledell Eackles (17 points), putting in his longest effort of the season in playing 30 minutes, made a layup with 34 seconds left to pull the Bullets within a point.

Green then gave Washington another golden chance by stepping out of bounds with 23 seconds remaining. The Bullets concentrated on getting the ball down low to King, but Eackles' pass was picked off by Hawkins.

"I shouldn't have picked up my dribble," said Eackles. "It was my mistake. It limited my options."

Said Hawkins (26 points), "I knew Ledell was tired and wouldn't shoot, so I positioned myself for the steal, went up and got it."

Still, the 76ers gave the Bullets one final chance to pull it out. Ron Anderson missed two free throws with 3.5 seconds remaining. After a timeout, King launched a 30-footer that seemed on the mark, but bounced off the back rim as the buzzer sounded.

"We had some shots at the end, but we did some dumb things earlier in the game that hurt us," said Bullets coach Wes Unseld.

"Maybe we should have had different personnel in there at the end," said Unseld. "Maybe I left Eackles in too long. But we played a good team, and the game went down to the last shot, so I'm not disappointed in that."

Perhaps Lynam put it best. "We've been fortunate to win a lot of close games this year, but we have a luxury a lot of other teams don't have. We have Charles Barkley."

reg,6,6.5 FG FT Reb

Philadelphia Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts.

Barkley 48 13-20 7-12 4-8 4 3 35

Mahorn 38 1-5 2-2 3-11 2 3 4

Gminski 18 2-8 0-0 3-7 1 3 4

Green 36 8-14 0-0 0-0 5 3 16

Hawkins 49 7-15 12-12 0-4 5 3 26

Anderson 32 7-15 0-2 0-3 0 3 14

Bol 21 0-3 0-0 1-5 0 2 0

Turner 16 2-4 0-0 0-0 6 0 5

Oliver 4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Williams 3 1-1 0-0 1-1 0 1 2

Totals 265 41-87 21-28 12-39 23 22 106

Percentages: FG .471, FT .750. 3-point goals: 3-6, .500 (Barkley 2-3, Turner 1-1, Hawkins 0-2). Team rebounds: 9. Blocked shots: 7 (Bol 4, Hawkins 2, Barkley). Turnovers: 18 (Barkley 8, Green 4, Gminski 2, Anderson 2, Hawkins, Bol). Steals: 10 (Barkley 5, Hawkins 3, Mahorn, Green). Technical fouls: Illegal defense, 5:46 4th. Illegal defense: 1.

FG FT Reb

Washington Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts.

Grant 42 8-16 2-2 1-7 3 4 18

King 46 16-29 3-6 1-7 5 5 35

Jones 18 2-2 0-0 1-4 0 3 4

Walker 45 4-13 0-1 4-11 12 4 8

Workman 31 4-6 0-0 0-1 7 0 8

Ellison 38 3-7 3-4 4-13 0 3 9

Eackles 30 5-9 7-8 0-0 3 3 17

Alarie 15 3-8 0-0 2-2 1 1 6

Totals 265 45-90 15-21 13-45 31 23 105

Percentages: FG .500, FT .714. 3-point goals: 0-6, .000 (Walker Workman 0-1, Eackles 0-1, Alarie 0-1, King 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Blocked shots: 5 (Ellison 3, Grant, Jones). Turnovers: 20 (King 6, Ellison 6, Workman 4, Eackles 2, Grant, Walker). Steals: 8 (Jones 2, Walker 2, Workman 2, Grant, Eackles). Technical fouls: Illegal defense, 1:36 second; illegal defense, 9:57 fourth; illegal defense, 6:55 fourth. Illegal defense: 1.

Philadelphia 25 29 25 21 6 -- 106

Washington 22 29 23 26 5 -- 105

A--12,066. T--2:45.

Officials: Jake O'Donnell, Blane Reichelt, Pete Quinn.

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