Bullet center Wes Unseld, playing on wobbly knees, gets by with a little help from his friend, Mitch Kupchak.

Unseld remains among the team leaders in assists and rebounds while Kupchak has averaged 15 points for the four games of this trip.

The Western swing's next stop is Friday in Kansas City, where the Bullets take on the Kings. Washington was 2-2 on the trip going into tonight's game against the Suns.

Unseld still has one of the best outlet passes in the game, and it is the key to the Bullet fast break.

When the Bullets don't run, Unseld is the key to their pattern offense. Many of the plays start with a pass to him at the high post.

Unseld is second on the team in both rebounds and assists and first in the number of head-ringing picks set.

One reason for Unseld's effectiveness has been the play of Kupchak. Kupchak has been splitting has time between forward and-center and, as Unseld's backup, is giving the Bullets' bulky captain six minutes of rest a half.

Kupchak also has averaged seven rebounds and shot 60 per cent in 20 minutes a game this trip.

The Bullets have beaten Kansas City twice this season, both times at Capital Centre.

Elvein Hayes scored 45 points in the first game back in December and he and Phil Chenier combined for 50 points in an easy victory in the Bullets' last home game before they started this trip.

The Kings are at .500 and third in the Midwest Division. They are led by guards Ron Boone and Brian Taylor and forward Scott Redman. The other starters are rookie Richard Washington at forward and Sam Lacey at center.

Going into the Phoenix game, the Bullets had won 16 of 20 and six of eight on the road . . . Rick Barry's 42 points Tuesday was the second-biggest production by one player against the Bullets this season.