Bullets win 3rd in row, over Bucks Fourth Arena sellout sees 94-90 victory

March 08, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The clocks worked at the Baltimore Arena last night, and so did the Washington Bullets.

The Bullets looked like anything but a team supposedly playing out the string and waiting for a lottery pick in the NBA draft. They out-hustled the Milwaukee Bucks most of the evening on their way to a 94-90 victory.

It was the third straight win for Washington, and it came before the fourth sellout in four games at the Baltimore Arena this season.

Like the Bullets and the crowd of 12,054, the time and shot clocks at the Arena were in sync the entire game.

That was different from the previous three games in which clock breakdowns caused long delays.

Matt Williams, director of public relations for the Bullets, said the problem with the clocks had been caused by a hydrocollator (heating unit) that is used by all NBA trainers to keep pads warm for players.

"The hydrocollator was on the same circuit as the scoreboard and clocks, and it was causing the power outages," Williams said. "We changed the circuits and everything worked fine."

Williams said the hydrocollator at the Capital Centre is on a different circuit from the scoreboard and clocks.

Washington was 2-2 at the Arena this season and is 9-6 in Baltimore over the past four seasons.

Michael Adams and Harvey Grant, with 24 points each, took turns providing the Bullets with most of the offense they needed to turn back the Bucks, who have lost 14 straight road games.

"We got a lot of scoring off the bench in the forward position [Grant didn't start]," Bullets coach Wes Unseld said. "We now have a rotation with Harvey back in. Milwaukee is a good #F outside-shooting team, and we wanted to force them to go inside."

Grant said: "I knew my job was to come in and look for my shot, keep the offense going. It [coming off bench] takes a lot of pressure off me."

Adams made six of his first seven shots for 13 points in the first quarter.

Then Grant took over the game in the second quarter, scoring 14 to help the Bullets build a 56-48 halftime lead. Grant made his first nine shots from the field.

Grant's last basket of the evening gave Washington a 92-90 lead with 1:24 to play.

Milwaukee, playing without leading scorer Dale Ellis (16.9 ppg), who has a knee injury, didn't score again. The Bucks missed their last three shots in the final 10 seconds.

Alvin Robertson, who led Milwaukee with 19 points, missed a jumper from the left side with 10 seconds left and his team trailing 92-90. Frank Brickowski failed to tip in the miss.

Charles Jones then hit one of two free throws for the Bullets with eight seconds left, giving Washington a three-point lead.

Then Robertson tried to tie the game with a three-point jumper with four seconds left, but the shot was deflected by Pervis Ellison. Jones came up with the ball and was fouled again with two seconds left.

Once again, Jones made one of two free throws, giving the Bullets a 94-90 advantage. Adams sealed the win when he stole the inbounds pass.

Ellison said of his important block, "We knew they had to go for three, we guarded against it, and I went out and got it."

Robertson said the Bucks' 14th straight road loss was "the same old thing for us, the same old, old story. A better shot here, better execution there, and we win the game."

FT Reb

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

Brickowski 38 5-7 3-3 4-10 5 4 13

Roberts 17 2-4 0-0 2-3 4 3 4

Malone 36 5-10 0-2 4-6 1 2 10

Humphries 20 6-10 0-0 1-3 2 4 12

Robertson 39 7-20 2-2 2-7 3 3 19

Grayer 32 4-11 0-0 1-3 4 0 8

Krystkowiak 14 2-7 1-1 2-5 0 1 5

Conner 31 6-9 0-0 1-2 0 5 12

Lohaus 12 3-4 0-0 0-0 1 0 7

Henson 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Totals 240 40-82 6-8 17-39 20 22 90

Percentages: FG .488, FT .750. 3-point goals: 4-9, .444 (Robertson 3-6, Lohaus 1-2, Grayer 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 0. Turnovers: 19 (Malone 4, Humphries 3, Robertson 3, Brickowski 2, Roberts 2, Krystkowiak 2, Grayer, Conner, Lohaus). Steals: 10 (Conner 3, Brickowski 2, Robertson 2, Malone, Humphries, Grayer). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None.

FG FT Reb

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

Eackles 27 4-12 1-2 1-1 2 1 9

Jones 39 0-1 2-4 3-13 4 4 2

Ellison 40 6-13 4-6 5-8 1 4 16

Adams 35 9-18 4-4 0-3 4 0 24

Wingate 22 3-8 2-3 2-2 1 1 8

Grant 35 12-14 0-0 4-6 3 1 24

Turner 13 2-4 0-0 0-3 1 0 4

Smith 24 3-7 0-0 1-1 1 2 6

English 5 0-1 1-2 0-0 1 0 1

Totals 240 39-78 14-21 16-37 18 13 94

Percentages: FG .500, FT .667. 3-point goals: 2-7, .286 (Adams 2-6, Smith 0-1). Team rebounds: 7. Blocked shots: 4 (Ellison 4). Turnovers: 11 (Eackles 3, Turner 3, Ellison 2, Adams, Wingate, Grant). Steals: 14 (Adams 4, Wingate 4, Smith 3, Jones 2, Turner). Technical fouls: None. Illegal defense: None. A--12,054. T--2:00. Officials: Ed T. Rush, Greg Willard, Mark Wunderlich.

Milwaukee 29 19 21 21 -- 90

Washington 34 22 19 19 -- 94

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