MacLean looks sharp in debut with Bullets Bulls win, 118-108, in preseason game

October 18, 1992|By Dan Ryan | Dan Ryan,Contributing Writer

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Don MacLean showed he can hit his shot, and the Bullets showed that their offense can get the ball to him.

"It's never been a problem for me," MacLean said about hishooting. "It's funny. Any level I move up to, people wonder if I can make the shot.

MacLean, acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers this week, was one of the many new faces for the Bullets, who lost their 1992 preseason opener, a 118-108 decision to the Chicago Bulls before 18,794 in the Florida Suncoast Dome last night.

The former UCLA All-American finished with 10 points, eight in the second quarter.

"Well, I'm happy," MacLean said. "It's still a learning situation. I still need to get into a mentality where I go to the defensive boards."

Coach Wes Unseld liked what he saw.

"At this point, he [MacLean] can't do any wrong as long as he's working hard," Unseld said.

The game was Unseld's first look at the slew of new faces (10 Bullets on the current roster weren't here last season) as well an opportunity to see how the taller lineup will fare.

The highlights and lowlights:

* Brent Price had eight points and four assists in the first half, but didn't play much in the second half after his bruised hip started to bother him.

* The Bullets' fast break showed some promise in the second quarter, but the offense needs work.

* Pervis Ellison seemed comfortable at power forward, scoring 18 points.

Michael Jordan, in his first preseason appearance, scored 15 of his 19 points to lead the Bulls on a spirited 34-8 run that turned a 65-51 Bullets lead into a 85-73 Bulls lead with 4:15 remaining.

Washington led 59-51 at halftime, behind an 11-point effort from free agent Pete Myers and 10 from Ellison.

Myers finished high man on the Bullets with 17. Rex Chapman, acquired last season in a trade from Charlotte, added 10.

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