Pistons rally to crush Bullets, 91-79

April 07, 1993|By Bill Halls | Bill Halls,Contributing Writer

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Washington Bullets . . . well, ran out of bullets last night, and Detroit's Joe Dumars came in blazing with both barrels to lead the Pistons to a 91-79 victory at The Palace.

While Washington made only five of 25 field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter, Dumars scored 13 of his game-high 38 points. It was enough to wipe out a couple of nine-point Bullets leads and give Detroit its seventh straight home-court victory.

"We had good shots, open layups, and we took some bad shots," said Bullets coach Wes Unseld. "I'm not saying they wouldn't go down. They didn't."

Dumars' 13 points matched the Bullets' fourth-quarter total. He broke open a dull, close game by scoring 11 points in a 13-1 Pistons scoring burst at the onset of the fourth quarter to turn a 66-62 deficit into a 75-67 lead.

Meanwhile, the Bullets managed only two free throws in 5:32.

"We've got a lot of guys hurt," said Rex Chapman, who scored 16 points. "We need to take it inside and we don't have a postup player right now. It's hard."

Charles Jones and Pervis Ellison, Washington's two centers, are on the injured list.

Washington, trailing by nine midway through the fourth quarter, made one final run at Detroit. A three-point field goal by Chapman and a steal and driving layup by Michael Adams climaxed a mini 7-0 scoring run that cut Detroit's lead to two. But Bill Laimbeer hit a three-pointer, Dumars made a steal and fed Isiah Thomas for a basket, and Laimbeer hit another field goal to put the game out of reach.

"Dumars was the only one hurting us," said Unseld. "But when we tried to double-team him, Laimbeer and some others weren't missing."

It was one of those days for the Bullets. Someone swiped Harvey Grant's No. 44 jersey out of the airplane luggage. He played wearing No. 0, and scored 17 points.

NOTES: The Bullets will hold a sports card show on Sunday before their 1 p.m game with Detroit at the Capital Centre. Pervis Ellison of the Bullets and Brian Mitchell of the Washington Redskins will sign autographs. A Gatorade Slam-Dunk contest will be conducted at halftime.

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