Blackman's three sends Bullets to 111-106 loss

April 15, 1994|By Jerry Bembry | Jerry Bembry,Sun Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- Rolando Blackman's three-pointer from well behind the arc with 1:01 left broke a tie last night to lead the New York Knicks to a tough 111-106 victory over the Washington Bullets.

The Bullets, as they had done all night, continued to battle back, with Calbert Cheaney and Tom Gugliotta combining for six points in the final minute, but to no avail after Blackman's three-pointer.

Patrick Ewing led New York with 33 points and 13 rebounds.

New York, with the top defense in the NBA, had allowed more than 100 points in its past three games going into last night. And ZTC the Bullets had little problem scoring early, taking a 15-6 lead after a three-pointer by Don MacLean -- just his third of the season -- with 7:51 left in the first quarter.

But Ewing, who has struggled during New York's recent slide, sparked the Knicks' comeback. He scored eight points during a 17-4 run that, after a free throw by Charles Oakley, had New York ahead 23-19 with 3:10 left. By the end of the quarter, the Knicks, shooting 59 percent from the field, had a 31-25 lead.

It seemed like a night in which the Knicks would right themselves, controlling most of the second quarter and leading by as many as 10 (49-39) after forward Anthony Bonner's layup with 3:33 left.

But Washington wouldn't collapse, and outscored the Knicks 12-4 during the rest of the quarter. Kenny Walker's baseline jumper with 11.0 seconds left pulled Washington to within 53-51 at the break.

It was MacLean who provided the spark for the Bullets, scoring 15 points in a near perfect first half. He hit all four of his shots from the field, and was perfect in his six free-throw attempts.

With just over a minute into the third quarter the Bullets lost the services of Kevin Duckworth, who was tossed out of the game with two technicals after fouling Ewing. But the Bullets, with Marty Conlon at center, responded with as competitive a quarter as the team has played this season.

MacLean's hook with 9:27 left gave Washington a 61-60 lead. That was just the first of 12 lead changes in the quarter.

After the teams were tied at 70, Tom Gugliotta scored the next five points for the Bullets -- the last coming on a three-pointer from the top of the key -- to give Washington a 75-70 lead with 5:40 left in the third quarter.

But after a timeout, the Knicks put together a run of their own as they scored the next seven to take a 77-75 lead on a Ewing layup.

No more than four points separated the teams the rest of the quarter, with Washington taking a 84-83 lead into the final 12 minutes.

NOTES: University of Maryland coach Gary Williams was seated courtside, right next to the Bullets bench. . . . Comedian Richard Lewis, a Knicks fan, was at the game.

BULLETS TONIGHT

Opponent: New York Knicks

Site: Madison Square Garden, New York

Time: 7:30

TV/Radio: Channel 20/WXZL (103.1 FM), WTEM (570 AM)

Outlook: This is the second game of a home-and-home series, and the final meeting between the two teams this season. The Knicks have not lost to the Bullets this season. New York is in position to finish between first and third in the Eastern Conference, and needs to close strong for a chance at home-court advantage throughout the conference playoffs. The Bullets, who have lost seven straight in New York, are jockeying for lottery position.

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