Knicks outlast Bullets in double OT, 112-109 Washington drops 3 games behind N.Y.

February 27, 1991|By Joe Illuzzi | Joe Illuzzi,Special to The Sun

NEW YORK -- The Washington Bullets are lucky these past two losses to the New York Knicks came in February instead of dTC April, or they probably could kiss this season goodbye.

New York handed Washington a heartbreaking defeat for thsecond time in four nights, this time by 112-109 in double overtime at Madison Square Garden last night.

Patrick Ewing (30 points, 20 rebounds) gave the Knicks a 110-107 lead with 1 minute, 26 seconds left in the second overtime. With the score 110-109, he dribbled the ball out of bounds off his foot, but he rebounded a miss by Bernard King (44 points) with 17 seconds remaining, and Gerald Wilkins hit two free throws to complete the scoring.

The loss was the Bullets' fourth straight, and they fell thregames behind New York for the eighth playoff spot in the National Basketball Association's Eastern Conference.

"At this stage, it's not so bad," Bullets coach Wes Unseld said"It's no worse than if we got beat by anyone else."

Still, two tight losses isn't fun and the Bullets wanted revenge foSaturday night's loss. It appeared they had when Harvey Grant hit a three-pointer with two-tenths of a second remaining to send the game into the second overtime.

That's exactly how much time was left Saturday at the CapitaCentre when Trent Tucker hit a three-pointer to give the Knicks a 104-101 victory over the Bullets.

Maurice Cheeks and Wilkins hit open jumpers to start thsecond overtime, and the Bullets couldn't catch up.

"We had played hard all game," Grant said. "It weighs on you little, but we're not out of it. We can still catch them for the last playoff spot. We've got a good stretch coming at home."

FG FT Reb

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

Grant 43 9-20 1-1 5-10 2 4 20

King 56 16-38 12-14 4-12 6 30 44

Ellison 31 5-9 2-4 7-13 0 6 12

Eackles 24 4-12 0-0 1-4 2 0 9

English 31 5-12 2-4 3-3 3 3 12

Walker 41 1-4 0-2 2-8 5 2 2

Williams 9 2-7 0-0 2-3 1 0 4

Workman 22 3-7 0-0 2-2 2 1 6

Jones 27 0-3 0-0 1-4 1 5 0

Hammonds 6 0-1 0-0 0-3 0 0 0

Totals 290 45-113 17-25 27-62 22 24 109

Percentages: FG .398, FT .680. 3-point goals: 2-6, .333 (Grant 1-1, Eackles 1-2, King 0-3). Team rebounds: 4. Blocked shots: 4 (Jones 2, Ellison, D.Walker). Turnovers: 16 (King 4, English 4, D.Walker 4, Workman 2, Ellison, Eackles, Williams). Steals: 13 (King 4, D.Walker 3, Ellison 2, Eackles, Workman, Jones, Hammonds). Technical foul: King, 5:01 first. Illegal defense: None.

FG FT Reb

New York Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts.

Oakley 43 3-10 2-2 6-14 3 5 8

Vandeweghe 43 7-17 8-8 2-5 5 4 22

Ewing 48 12-24 6-8 6-20 3 5 30

Cheeks 44 5-12 0-0 0-6 9 2 10

Wilkins 41 9-15 6-8 3-7 5 4 26

Starks 6 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0

Quinnett 23 1-6 0-0 1-4 1 3 2

Mustaf 14 2-5 0-0 1-6 0 3 4

Tucker 20 5-8 0-0 1-3 0 2 10

Jackson 8 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0

Totals 290 44-98 22-26 20-66 27 28 112

Percentages: FG .449, FT .846. 3-point goals: 2-9, .222 (G.Wilkins 2-2, Quinnett 0-1, Tucker 0-2, Vandeweghe 0-4). Team rebounds: 2. Blocked shots: 11 (Ewing 6, Cheeks 2, G.Wilkins 2, Mustaf). Turnovers: 22 (Ewing 5, Oakley 3, Cheeks 3, Mustaf 3, Vandeweghe 2, G.Wilkins 2, Tucker 2, Quinnett, Jackson). Steals: 10 (G.Wilkins 4, Cheeks 2, Mustaf 2, Oakley, Tucker). Technical foul: Oakley, 1:19 second. Illegal defense: None.

Washington 26 22 25 20 11 5 -- 109

New York 22 26 27 18 11 8 -- 112

A--14,360. T--2:50.

Officials: Ed T. Rush, David Jones, Don Vaden.

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