Bullets can't hold off Heat, Reeves, 101-97

March 30, 1995|By Jim Henneman | Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer

LANDOVER -- Rookie guard Khalid Reeves took control in the final minutes last night, and the Miami Heat beat the Washington Bullets, 101-97, at the USAir Arena.

Playing because of a calf injury to starter Billy Owens, Reeves scored 11 straight points in the final 2:26 to enable the Heat to beat the Bullets for the fourth straight time. Reeves had only 15 points for the game, and his late explosion offset four turnovers that contributed to the general sloppiness of play in the last quarter.

Before Reeves took over, Glen Rice kept Miami close enough to be in position to win. Rice, whose 26 points topped a list of six Heat players to score in double figures, had 15 in the third quarter.

Chris Webber, the game's high scorer with 29, had 13 during the same stretch, preventing the visitors from take over earlier than they did. Calvert Cheaney had 23 points for the Bullets, but converted only eight of 24 attempts.

The Bullets totally disintegrated in the fourth quarter, when they scored only 17 points. They hit only seven of 19 shots (36.8 percent) and committed six turnovers.

In the first eight minutes of the last period the teams combined to miss 16 of 23 shots. After the Heat moved to an 85-82 lead, the Bullets went on a modest run that put them back in front, 89-87, after a three-pointer by Rex Chapman.

Miami's Keith Askins hit his only field goal of the night to tie it, and after Gheorghe Muresan's turnaround jumper gave the Bullets their last lead, 91-89, Reeves went on his spurt.

Playing without rookie standout Juwan Howard for the fifth straight game, and point guard Scott Skiles for the seventh, the Bullets actually held a slim lead for most of the game. They led after each of the first three quarters, but were never able to completely turn off the Heat.

With Doug Overton scoring seven points and assisting on four other baskets, and Webber adding six points and controlling the boards, the Bullets took a 26-25 lead after one quarter. Then Cheaney, who missed five of six shots in the opening period, poured in 15 points in the next 12 minutes to help the Bullets go into intermission with a 55-53 lead.

Rice and Webber got into a shootout in the third quarter, with the Heat forward winning the individual duel, 15-13, but with the Bullets adding another point to their advantage. They took an 80-77 lead into the final quarter, despite a dazzling show by Rice.

Over 11 minutes, Rice hit eight consecutive shots, scoring 20 points. But he and everyone else cooled off in the fourth quarter and it remained for Reeves to take charge.

NOTES: C Kevin Duckworth will have surgery this morning on his left Achilles. Dr. Robert Cook is to perform the operation in Portland, Ore., to remove calcium deposits. . . . Miami's Owens is doubtful for tomorrow night's game at Boston. He was injured in Tuesday's loss to Boston. . . . The Bullets' extended family grew yesterday with the birth of Miles Randall Overton. The son of the Bullets guard and wife Chanel checked in at 12:47 p.m. at 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 19 1/2 inches.

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