Bullets' turnovers help Warriors romp, 114-94 For Golden State, it's payback for loss

February 15, 1993|By Susan Fornoff | Susan Fornoff,Contributing Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Washington Bullets turned the ball over enough last night to let the Golden State Warriors play turnabout for a 114-94 victory at the Oakland Coliseum Arena.

Nine days earlier, the Bullets had dealt the Warriors their most lopsided loss of the season, 138-111 at the Capital Centre. Eight Bullets scored in double figures in that game; seven Warriors had 12 points or more in this one. Reserve forward Jud Buechler led the winners with a career-high 17 points, and starters Tyrone Hill and Sarunas Marciulionis added 15 each.

"A couple of guys before the game mentioned that they had really embarrassed us, really whipped our butts, at their place," Buechler said. "Payback was a nice feeling."

"They just were a totally different team tonight," said Warriors coach Don Nelson. "But maybe we were, too. . . . It's hard to figure all the reasons why."

Start with the schedule: Landover had been the Warriors' fourth stop on a five-game trip Feb. 5, and Oakland is the Bullets' fifth layover on a seven-game trip. Both teams had played on the road Saturday night, but the Warriors had bused just 90 miles up the freeway to break a seven-game losing streak by a point at Sacramento, while the Bullets had lost by 19 at Denver Saturday night.

"That is the big key," said Bullets coach Wes Unseld. "I don't want to make excuses for these guys, but I don't have the type of bodies that can play seven games in 10 days and do good things on the court."

"They just out-hustled us," said Bullets rookie Tom Gugliotta.

Gugliotta committed five turnovers, and the Bullets turned the ball over 22 times to the Warriors' 14, accounting for a 15-point difference in the score. The turnover differential was 8-2 in the first period alone, as, for the second straight night, the Bullets faded early and showed few signs of reviving.

The game was tied at 14 with 4:42 remaining in the first period, when the Warriors took off on a 17-4 run that spilled over into the second period.

The Bullets closed within 66-59 with 7:06 remaining in the third period, but the Warriors scored eight straight to run away with it.

"I don't remember exactly who killed us," Unseld said. "In my recollection, everybody killed us."

Chris Gatling scored 14, Victor Alexander 13, and Tim Hardaway and Latrell Sprewell 12. Gatling and Byron Houston achieved season highs in rebounds, too, with 12 and 11, respectively. The Warriors pounded the boards by a 51-41 margin; the Bullets managed six offensive rebounds in the game.

"They did a real good job pounding us, and we didn't react too well," Unseld said. "I think a good reaction would have been if we could have pounded back. I thought they just pushed us around and we didn't push them back -- nobody did."

"We came and dominated the boards early," Houston said. "We got a couple of offensive put-backs and then just kept pounding it and pounding it inside. I think they got a little bit out of sync when we started doing that."

Pervis Ellison scored 18 for the Bullets.

Rex Chapman sprained his right ankle with 1:54 to go in the half and will return home for further examination.

The rest of the team proceeds to Seattle for stop No. 6 of Washington's longest road trip.

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