Bullets win, 104-98, finish preseason

October 31, 1992|By Mike Wilkinson | Mike Wilkinson,Special to The Sun

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Rookies Tom Gugliotta and Doug Overton led Washington in its final preseason game by combining for 30 points in the Bullets' 104-98 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks last night.

Gugliotta scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a game before 2,100 on the University of Tennessee campus. Overton scored 16 points, and Rex Chapman added 15.

Although the Bullets won, coach Wes Unseld wasn't completely satisfied with his team's performance.

"I was not happy with the execution," Unseld said.

The victory left the Bullets with a 3-4 preseason record. The loss dropped the Bucks to 1-6.

Despite sloppy play at times, the Bullets were in control most of the game and the Bucks never led.

At the end, however, it took a steal by Pervis Ellison with five seconds left to preserve the victory. Ellison finished with six points and nine rebounds.

In the first half, the Bullets went in front on a 13-3 run. The Bucks closed the gap before the Bullets stretched it out with a 16-8 run to lead, 52-44, at halftime.

Gugliotta had a strong first half, contributing six points and seven rebounds.

Rookie forward Don MacLean did not play in the second half because of a blister on his foot. Unseld said the injury was not serious.

Point guard Michael Adams and forward Harvey Grant scored 12 points each for Washington.

Milwaukee's first-round draft choice Todd Day saw his first NBA action. The former University of Arkansas star, who signed a contract this week, played 18 minutes and scored 13 points.

The game was the second between the teams in a little more than a week. The Bullets defeated the Bucks, 123-99, in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 21.

For the Bullets, the game was their second in Tennessee in three days. The Los Angeles Lakers deeated Washington, 110-106, on Wednesday in Memphis.

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