Bullets' new approach nets same result -- loss Regulars can't stop Bucks, 104-77

October 24, 1993|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer

MILWAUKEE -- After losing their first three preseason games, the Washington Bullets went into last night's game against Milwaukee with a new approach. Instead of taking long looks at his bench players, coach Wes Unseld decided to see how his regulars looked over an extended period of time.

Not that good last night against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Bullets fell behind by as many as 30 points in a 104-77 loss at the Bradley Center.

In a preseason road trip that has taken the Bullets to Normal, Ill., Moline, Ill., Louisville, Ky. -- and continues tonight in Mobile, Ala. -- Washington got a chance to play in an NBA arena. Milwaukee fans saw an un-NBA performance.

"The only good thing about this is that it's preseason," said Bullets guard Rex Chapman, whose 18 points led all scorers. "Of course, there's a concern when we play like this. But we have a lot of games before the regular season -- we have another one [tonight]."

The Bullets shot 36.5 percent, hitting 27 of 74 shots. Chapman, who hit six of 12 shots, was the only starter who shot at least 50 percent. The others combined for 12 of 37.

"We need to work on everything -- conditioning and execution," Unseld said. "I'm not frustrated with this game. They jumped on us, and we didn't react. We knew what we wanted to do, but we didn't do it."

Especially putting the ball in the basket when it counted. When Calbert Cheaney hit a jumper with 8:15 left in the first half, Washington trailed 35-30.

But from there, the Bullets went flat. Washington scored two points the rest of the half, a jump shot by Chapman with 3:39 left, and went into the break trailing 47-32.

Chapman (12 points in the half) and Cheaney (eight points) combined to hit nine of 16 first-half field goals -- the rest of the team hit three of 21 shots (14.2 percent).

By midway through the third quarter, the deficit had reached 30 points. Unseld, who played his starters much of the first half -- he had previously pulled them in the second quarter of preseason games -- went to the bench with 6:10 left in the third quarter when the Bullets fell behind by 20.

The bench group of Brent Price, Tito Horford, Lance Blanks, Kenny Walker and Buck Johnson -- which had helped the Bullets overcome big deficits in losses to Chicago and Minnesota -- committed six turnovers, hit two of seven shots and fell behind by 30 by the end of the period.

Rookie Vin Baker, who scored 12 points, led six Milwaukee players in double figures.

"Everything will come together in time," Chapman said. "We had a bad game tonight. We just didn't execute."

Washington 22 10 19 26 -- 77

Milwaukee 27 20 32 25 -- 104

WASHINGTON -- Cheaney 6-14 3-3 15, Gugliotta 5-14 2-3 12, Duckworth 1-7 2-6 4, Adams 0-2 4-4 4, Chapman 6-12 6-6 18, Overton 5-6 2-2 12, Muresan 2-6 0-2 4, Johnson 1-3 0-2 2, Walker 0-3 2-2 2, Blanks 0-2 0-0 0, Horford 1-1 2-2 4, Price 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 27-74 23-32 77.

MILWAUKEE -- Avent 3-6 1-2 7, Norman 4-4 2-2 10, Brickowski 4-6 2-2 10, Day 3-6 4-4 10, Murdock 3-7 2-2 8, Baker 5-9 2-6 12, Edwards 4-7 0-0 9, Lohaus 4-8 2-2 11, Mayberry 5-8 0-0 10, Strong 3-7 2-2 8, Barry 1-6 0-0 2, Schayes 0-0 0-0 0, Ritter 0-1 1-2 1, Woolridge 1-3 1-2 3, Greene 1-2 1-1 3, Morton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-81 20-27 104.

3-Point goals--Washington 0-7 (Adams 0-1, Cheaney 0-1, Gugliotta 0-1, Chapman 0-2, Price 0-2), Milwaukee 2-9 (Edwards 1-1, Lohaus 1-2, Strong 0-1, Day 0-1, Mayberry 0-2, Barry 0-2). Fouled out--None. Rebounds--Washington 50 (Gugliotta 7), Milwaukee 53 (Strong 6). Assists--Washington 14 (Adams 4), Milwaukee 22 (Murdock, Mayberry 5). Total fouls--Washington 21, Milwaukee 25. Technical--Washington illegal defense. A--14,964.

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