Chapman, Skiles spark Bullets past Bulls in OT

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

ST. LOUIS -- It didn't make any difference that it was just a preseason game, or that the Washington Bullets were playing their starters against the reserves from the Chicago Bulls last night. When you're a team with no recent history of winning, you take a victory any way you can.

So the 131-124 overtime win last night in the first event at the brand-new Kiel Center was meaningful for the Bullets.

Rex Chapman scored 27 points and Scott Skiles added 21. The guards hit back-to-back three-pointers in the overtime that allowed the Bullets to even their preseason record at 1-1.

"I think once it became a close game, we wanted to try to win it," said Chapman. "We played hard late and we played well."

HTC The Bullets had trailed by as many as 15 points in the third quarter, but tied the game with 1.9 seconds left on two free throws by Chapman. Skiles opened the overtime with a jumper, and Don MacLean followed with a short jumper in the lane.

Washington never trailed in the extra five-minute session.

NOTES: Forward Kenny Walker will be out six to eight weeks after Dr. Richard Grossman cleaned cartilage out of his left knee Thursday at Sibley Hospital in Washington. . . . Forward Tom Gugliotta last night missed his second game with a dislocated left ring finger.

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