Bullets get past Magic, 106-93, behind Ellison Four other players hit double figures

March 04, 1992|By Tim Hipps | Tim Hipps,Contributing Writer

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Pervis Ellison scored 19 points to lead five Bullets in double figures last night, as Washington beat the Orlando Magic, 106-93.

Ellison hit seven of 16 field-goal attempts, five of five free throws, and grabbed nine rebounds as the Bullets (19-40) evened their season series against the Magic (14-45) at two games apiece. Ellison also had a season-high five steals and two blocked shots. Ledell Eackles (18), Larry Stewart (18), David Wingate (17) and Michael Adams (15) also scored in double figures for Washington.

Center Stanley Roberts, who averaged 17.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in the past 11 games, led Orlando with 19 points on 8-for-12 shooting in a career-high 36 minutes.

Roberts, a 7-foot, 284-pound rookie from LSU, via Real Madrid of the Spanish League, hit his first seven shots. He didn't miss until a pair of free throws with 3:31 in the second quarter -- with the Magic leading, 51-45. He finished with nine rebounds.

"He's a tough guy to handle with all that size and that kind of touch," Ellison said. "He didn't surprise me that he could score that well. I've known about him ever since he was down at LSU."

Said Roberts: "They weren't doubling down in the first quarter. Pervis was playing me one-on-one and I kind of liked that. In the second quarter, they started sending the top man down on me. All I could do was kick it back out."

And all the Magic did was proceed to kick it around -- a franchise-record 12 turnovers in the second quarter. The Bullets took advantage of five consecutive turnovers in the final minute of the first half to take a 60-57 lead at intermission.

The Magic's minute of miscues wasted a solid first 23 minutes in which Orlando held an 11-point lead on several occasions.

"That was the difference, right there," Ellison said. "You can't throw the ball away like that in this league and expect to win." The Bullets, trailing 55-45, went on a 15-2 run for its halftime lead. Ellison capped the spree with a slam dunk with 12.6 seconds left and a pair of free throws with 0.6 seconds remaining.

"I think we hurt ourselves more than what they were doing," Magic guard Anthony Bowie said. "They were putting pressure on us, but we were just throwing the ball away and giving the ball back to them."

Magic coach Matt Guokas was a bit more succinct. "I don't rank them, but this one was rank," he said.

Former Bullet Terry Catledge had 19 points and six rebounds for the Magic. Bowie (17), Scott Skiles (13) and Jerry Reynolds (14) also hit double figures.

Roberts and Catledge combined for 22 points in the first half. Roberts shot 6-for-6 from the field and hit his only free throw, as the Magic took a 33-26 lead after one quarter. He also grabbed five rebounds and held Ellison to 3-for-8 shooting in the period.

"They were kind of just cruising along, and we were able to get that spurt and got ourselves back in the game," Ellison said. "I think it was the first time we pressed that group. So any time you do something out of the ordinary it can either work against you or for you. Tonight, it just worked for us."

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