Bullets begin 10-day trip, topping Kings, 114-106 Ellison exits in 4th after poke in eye

December 09, 1992|By Matt Peters | Matt Peters,Contributing Writer

SACRAMENTO, CALIF — SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Washington Bullets held off a late surge from the Sacramento Kings to claim a 114-106 win last night at ARCO Arena.

The Bullets won the first of five games on their 10-day western road trip on the strength of a 47-36 rebounding advantage and 53.1 percent shooting from the field.

Washington, which improved to 7-10, visits the Utah Jazz tomorrow night. Sacramento dropped to 6-10.

Tom Gugliotta paced seven Bullets in double figures with 20 points.

Pervis Ellison left the game with 8:40 left in the fourth quarter after being accidentally struck in the eye. Ellison suffered an abrasion, but an examination following the game was inconclusive in determining whether Ellison's cornea was scratched.

"We were a bit concerned with Pervis going out, but this was one time when the guys held tight," said coach Wes Unseld. "We made some mistakes in our ball-handling and decision-making down the stretch, but they were able to pull it out."

With five players already scoring in double figures, the Bullets took an 86-74 third-quarter lead.

Washington, which entered the game only one team rebound behind Sacramento for the season, held a 34-28 rebounding edge through three quarters, with former King Ellison leading the Bullets with 13. Gugliotta added six and Harvey Grant, five.

The Bullets were 36-for-65 in field goals.

Gugliotta led the Bullets through three quarters with 17 points, followed by Ellison with 15, and Grant and Doug Overton with 12 apiece.

Mitch Richmond scored a season-high 35 points and added 10 assists for the Kings, who hadn't lost to the Bullets since a 107-99 defeat on Feb. 14, 1989.

In the third quarter, the Bullets led by 14 points with 28.6 seconds remaining when Rex Chapman hit a 22-footer from the corner, increasing the Bullets' lead to 86-72.

"We haven't been playing a lot of guys, but the bench has to be ready when they're called on. Fortunately tonight they responded and played well. We've played pretty solid the last four games," said Chapman.

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