LOS ANGELES -- Ledell Eackles provided the Washington Bullets with just what they needed last night -- some new scoring punch in a 101-99 victory.
The guard came off the bench in the first period of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers and put some life in a listless Bullets team. His 14 first-half points sparked Washington to a 56-51 halftime lead.
Eackles, 6 feet 5, finished with 18 points as the Bullets held off Los Angeles before 11,485 at the Sports Arena. The victory was the Bullets' sixth in a row at the Sports Arena.
Washington (16-19) has won six of its past eight games. The Bullets swept their season series with the Clippers, having defeated them, 122-110, last Thursday in Washington.
The Bullets have been looking for some players other than Bernard King and Harvey Grant to do some important scoring.
Eackles, who hit seven of eight field goals in the first half against Los Angeles, scored 18 points in a 127-97 loss to Phoenix Tuesday night.
But in the end, King still supplied the needed punch. Leading, 78-70, heading into the final period, Washington struggled in the waning minutes. Eackles, among others, went cold. Los Angeles' Charles Smith hit a short jumper with four minutes remaining to give the Clippers a 92-88 lead.
Behind King's 32 points, Washington did not fade, however.
Charles Smith scored five straight Clippers points for a 95-93 lead with three minutes to play. Walker hit one of two free throws for the Bullets before Garland's driving layup increased the edge to 97-94 with 1:28 left.
After King hit two free throws, teammate Pervis Ellison blocked Smith at the other end and was fouled by Smith the next time down the court. He made one of two at the line to tie the score at 97-97 with 54.4 seconds left, and Walker converted two more after he was fouled on a baseline shot by Garrick.
After Darrell Walker converted a foul by the Clippers' Tom Garrick into two free throws with 13.1 seconds left to put the Bullets ahead, 99-97, Garrick hit a short jumper in the lane to tie the score. But Walker worked the ball to Eackles in the low post and he drew a foul from Garrick. Eackles hit both free throws with two seconds remaining to give Washington the victory.
King and Pervis Ellison provided added scoring punch for the Bullets in the first half, scoring 13 and nine points, respectively. Washington shot an impressive 54.2 percent from the floor in the first half, building leads as big 13 points in the second period.
King, who has been on a scoring tear in recent weeks, scored 11 of his first-half points in the first period to give Washington a 33-26 lead.
Center Benoit Benjamin led the Clippers in the first half with 12 points. He finished with a team-high 29.
NOTES: F John Williams, who has been working out with the team for the past month, said it felt good to return to Los Angeles. Williams attended Crenshaw High School, located about three miles from the Sports Arena. He was voted to the All-City team three times while playing at Crenshaw. . . . Washington did not have to face G Ron Harper, who has been out since injuring his right knee last January. Harper has been practicing with the team is expected to rejoin it later this month.