Bullets fall to Spurs, 105-95 San Antonio moves to 21-3 with Lucas

February 12, 1993|By Jim Lefko | Jim Lefko,Contributing Writer

SAN ANTONIO -- Trying to pull off the difficult Texas sweep, the Washington Bullets ran into a brick wall last night.

The San Antonio Spurs ended Washington's two-game winning streak, whipping the Bullets, 105-95, behind a career-high 23 points from Avery Johnson and 18 by David Robinson.

Washington had beaten Houston and Dallas at the start of the road trip. Pervis Ellison led the way last night with 25 points, and Michael Adams had 19.

"We did a good job defensively," said Bullets coach Wes Unseld. "We held them to around 100 points. We had a chance to win this game."

It was San Antonio's sixth win in a row overall and 13th straight at home. The Spurs are 21-3 since former Maryland All-American John Lucas replaced Jerry Tarkanian.

The Bullets fell to 15-32 and 5-19 on the road.

Trailing 51-45 at the 9:28 mark of the third quarter, the Bullets watched the Spurs go on an 11-2 run to go down 62-47. The deficit reached 19 later in the period.

"There were stretches in the second half we could have cut it to six but instead it would go up to 12," said Bullets forward Tom Gugliotta. "They picked it up a little bit [on defense]. We weren't able to knock them down. They've got a lot of confidence in their home arena."

Washington used a 10-2 run to close the gap to 85-78 with 9:02 left in the game, with Buck Johnson scoring five points during the rally.

But the Spurs, who hit at least 50 percent of their shots from the field for the 13th straight game, had the lead back up to 13 on a pair of Robinson free throws with 5:15 remaining. Washington came no closer than seven the rest of the way.

Washington trailed 44-37 at the half, after scoring just 11 second-quarter points.

The Bullets' 13.6 percent effort from the field was an all-time low for a San Antonio foe for one period. Washington's 11-point second period and 37-point half were season lows for a Spurs opponent.

"We just couldn't hit anything in the second quarter," said Bullets forward Harvey Grant. "Eleven points -- if you do that, you can't beat a team like San Antonio."

"The shots we got we'd been making," Unseld said. "We couldn't get them to go. We couldn't effectively do anything. The second quarter has been atrocious for us all year. That's when we have to go to the bench."

The Bullets were ahead 26-18 after one period, having held Robinson to an 0-for-5 effort from the field while shooting 52.4 percent as a team.

Washington started the game with an 8-0 run, then used a three-pointer from Adams to go up 11-4. The lead grew to 11, 21-10, with a 6-0 run culminating with a slam by Ellison.

The Bullets got 13 of the game's first 16 rebounds, prompting Spurs coach Lucas to sit Robinson, Dale

Ellis and Sean Elliott with 4:03 left in the first period.

"You have to keep active feet against them or they'll out-hustle you," said Robinson. "We made some dumb mistakes early in the game. They're a real streaky team."

San Antonio recovered early in the second quarter, using a 9-0 run to take a 29-28 lead with 6:05 left.

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