Wilkins leads Hawks over Bullets, 109-94

February 24, 1993|By Ray Glier | Ray Glier,Contributing Writer

ATLANTA -- This time it was the Washington Bullets' turn to play without their star.

The Bullets, who beat Atlanta in two previous meetings this season when the Hawks were without All-Star forward Dominique Wilkins, played without their best player, forward Harvey Grant. Wilkins scored 31 points to lead the Hawks to a 109-94 victory as Grant sat and watched with a strained calf muscle.

"We missed him, but even playing with our best guy we have difficulty," said Bullets coach Wes Unseld, whose team finished its eight-game road trip with a 2-6 record.

It was the sixth straight loss for the Bullets, who dropped to 15-37, worst in the Eastern Conference. For the fourth time in the past six games, Washington failed to score 100 points.

The Bullets also were without guard Rex Chapman (sprained ankle). Larry Stewart came off the bench to score 20 for the Bullets, who hit just 42 percent from the field. Pervis Ellison and Michael Adams added 17 points each.

Wilkins stole the show, going 12-for-22 from the field.

"We hadn't seen him before because he was hurt the first two games [Dec. 28 and Jan. 5], but we all knew how well he was playing this season," said Bullets forward Tom Gugliotta. "We knew he would score, but there still wasn't much we could do about it."

Although the defense couldn't stop Wilkins, the Bullets' offense couldn't get going in the second half. Trailing 62-58 at halftime, the Bullets scored just four points the first 4 1/2 minutes of the third period and fell behind 73-62. Washington hit 36 percent of its shots in the quarter and trailed 91-76 going into the fourth period.

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