Bullets post 108-100 win over Wolves Grant leads charge with 25 points

November 21, 1992|By Mary Schmitt | Mary Schmitt,Contributing Writer

MINNEAPOLIS -- During halftime of the Washington Bullets' game against the Minnesota Timberwolves last night at Target Center, fans had a chance to shoot baskets to win trips to such exotic locations as Munich, Germany, Zurich, Switzerland, and Sydney, Australia.

The good news for the fans was that several actually won tickets. The bad news was they couldn't leave immediately and had to stay to watch the second half of the Bullets' gutty 108-100 victory.

Harvey Grant scored 11 of his game-high 25 points in the final quarter, and Tom Gugliotta and Michael Adams added 24 each to lead the undermanned Bullets, who won their third game in four outings after an 0-4 start. It was the Bullets' first road victory in 16 games.

The Wolves rallied from 10 down to close to 102-100 with 1:25 left. But despite being down to 10 men because of injuries, the Bullets held.

Washington came into the game without its two leading scorers -- Rex Chapman and Pervis Ellison. Chapman, already suffering from a small fracture in his right cheekbone, missed his second straight game with back spasms and will miss three more after being placed on the injured list yesterday. Ellison also missed his second straight game after straining his left knee against New Jersey on Saturday.

"With our injuries, it's encouraging how these guys stayed together," Bullets coach Wes Unseld said.

"Harvey is starting to take it to the basket, which makes a difference. Tom has been playing good in a number of games, so I decided to go with him. He's young but is working hard and is improving every day."

The Wolves were expected to be improved this season after drafting Christian Laettner and trading for Chuck Person and Micheal Williams. But their 2-5 start is taking the form of the beginning of last season's 15-67 showing.

"We have spurts where we do some good things and turn right around and make some mistakes," said Wolves coach Jimmy Rodgers. "When we get going offensively, then our defense breaks down, and when we have our best defense, we can't sustain our offense."

That's what happened when the game was on the line.

The Wolves looked to be out of it after giving up a 10-2 run that gave the Bullets a 96-86 lead with 3:51 left. Washington still led 100-90 with 2:49 left before Minnesota made a 10-2 run. Laettner made a three-point play before Adams scored on a driving layup.

Thurl Bailey made two free throws, then Laettner stole the ball and fed Williams for a layup and a foul. Williams made the free throw and then Bailey rebounded a miss by Adams, and Williams scored on another driving layup to bring Minnesota within 102-100 with 1:29 left.

But on defense, all the Wolves could do was foul, and the Bullets made six straight free throws.

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