Stewart gives Bullets 32 Heat gives them OT loss

April 24, 1993|By Dan Ryan | Dan Ryan,Contributing Writer

MIAMI -- Two teams going nowhere made getting there entertaining last night.

What's left of the Washington Bullets concluded their 1992-93 road schedule with a 121-120 overtime loss to the remnants of

the Miami Heat before 15,008 at Miami Arena.

Despite a career-high 32 points from former Coppin State star Larry Stewart, the Bullets dropped their fourth straight and ninth of their past 10.

"It was a fun game to watch," said Bullets coach Wes Unseld. "Both teams got good looks at their bench [eight regulars were out between the two teams] and a few things they need to address in the off-season. I was happy with the effort."

There were four lead changes in overtime. The Bullets took their last lead, 120-119, with 12 seconds left on two free throws by Rex Chapman.

Miami played for the final shot and scored on a wide-open, 18-foot jumper by Grant Long with 3.8 seconds remaining. Long, who finished with a career-high 31 points and 10 rebounds, found himself open after the Bullets' defender went to help double-team on the ball.

Chapman's three-point attempt at the buzzer fell short.

"We couldn't pull it out," Unseld said. "We were trying to get the ball to [Tom] Gugliotta, with Chapman as the second option."

Buck Johnson scored 20 for Washington, Chapman added 17 and Gugliotta 15.

Washington led 108-101 with 1:42 to go and seemed to have the game locked up, even after Long scored four straight points to bring the Heat to 108-105 with 55.8 seconds remaining.

Two Bullets turnovers in a half-court trap gave Miami the opportunity.

Kevin Edwards stripped the ball from Chapman, then fed Harold Miner for a layup. Miner was fouled, but failed to convert the three-point play that would have tied the game.

Twenty seconds later, after another Bullets turnover, Miner was on the free-throw line again. He made the first to tie it at 108, but missed the second. However, Edwards grabbed the rebound.

Washington got the final chance in regulation when Johnson stripped Edwards, but Chapman's three-point shot at the buzzer fell short.

"They [Miami] put that press on us and got us to make some mistakes," Stewart said.

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