Bullets get past Hawks, 107-100 Adams leads way to third road win

January 06, 1993|By Calvin Watkins | Calvin Watkins,Contributing Writer

ATLANTA -- The Washington Bullets won just their third roa game of the season with a 107-100 victory over the Atlanta Hawks last night.

Washington had beaten previously beaten only Minnesota and Sacramento away from the Capital Centre.

Michael Adams led Bullets with 21 points. Harvey Grant chipped in 18 points.

Washington, who broke a nine-game losing streak Dec. 28 with a win over the Hawks, have now won two straight and three of four. The last time these teams met, Pervis Ellison hit a free throw with :05.7 seconds to give Washington a 97-96 victory.

Duane Ferrell and Stacey Augmon led Atlanta with 25 points each.

Washington opened the fourth quarter with a 12-4 run to take their biggest lead of the game, 93-76. Atlanta cut the lead to six with 49.3 seconds to play in the game. But Tom Gugliotta's dunk with 25 second to play sealed the victory.

Atlanta took a 5-0 lead after only two minutes into the first period. They opened the lead to 11-4 on Duane Ferrell's jumper with 8:12 to play. Adams' three-point basket capped a 12-4 run by the Bullets that tied the game at 16-16.

The teams traded baskets until Grant and LaBradford Smith hit back-to-back jumpers to give Washington a 25-22 lead. Stacey Augmon's tip-in with 1.0 seconds left cut the Bullets' lead to 30-28.

Washington opened the second period by committing three turnovers on their first five possessions. Despite turning the ball over nine times in the period and 15 times in the half, they stayed even with Atlanta, 50-50.

Washington shot 66.7 percent for the half as Tom Gugliotta and Adams each went 3-for-4 from the field and scored seven points. Former Calvert Hall star Duane Ferrell led Atlanta with eight points in the half.

Ferrell was the only thing going for the Hawks in the third quarter. Ferrell's tip-in gave Atlanta a 71-68 lead, but Washington used an 11-0 run in the last 3:15 seconds to take an 81-72 lead after three periods.

From there the Bullets went to work. Ellison stated the 12-4 run with a jumper.

During the run, Ellison, Adams and Grant each scored to give the Bullets a big advantage against the struggling Hawks, who shot 9-for-23 in the third quarter.

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