Reprinted from yesterday's late editions.
The Washington Bullets waited until the final 60 seconds to give the crowd of 15,649 that attended last nights basketball doubleheader at Capital Centre their money's worth.
But a final surge by Bob Dandridge and several reserves fell short and the Philadelphia 76ers salvaged a 100-96 victory.
In the opener, the New York Knicks overcame 17 per cent shooting in the third quarter to beat the New Jersey Nets, 96-93.
The Bullets, playing their third preseason game in three nights, were ragged and lackluster throughout the contest. Coach Dick Motta admitted some of his players ran out of gas.
"Larry Wright just didn't have it after the third quarter," Motta said. "But with our injuries at guard, he's got to play a lot."
The only bright spot was the brief appearance of Phil Chenier, who had missed the previous six exhibition games with a sore back.
Chenier played five minutes of the first half and scored five points. Three times, he gave the Bullets a scare by getting knocked to the floor, but he said afterwards he felt all right.
Motta said he wanted to test Chenier's back to see how it would react under game conditions. The Bullets play Houston tonight in Philadelphia and Motta hoped Chenier would not stiffen up overnight to the extent he could not play some against the Rockets.
Tom Henderson, who has a sore ankle, went through warmups but decided not to play. He will make the trip to Philadelphia and try again. But Dandridge still bothered by a bad knee, will stay home and get treatment after playing more minutes (31) than he expected last night.
"I'm not in good shape and I still don't have any timing, but it's getting better," said Dandridge, who now has played in three games.
The 76ers, who led most of the contest, were placed by George McGinnis (19 points) and Lloyd Free (24) .
The fans evidently came out to see center Darryl Dawkins, who received the biggest pregame cheer. But Dawkins' major contribution was a block of an attempted dunk by Elvin Hayes.
Otherwise, it was a typically dull exhibition until the last seconds, when the Bullets suddenly put together a stretch of good basketball.
With the 76ers in front. 96-79. a team comprised of Dandridge, joe Pace, Coniel Norman, Phil Walker and Greg Ballard ran off nine straight points before the 76ers scored again. Then Pace and Dandridge hit two foul shots apiece. Free countered with two free throws and Pace and Walker made baskets to pull the Bullets within one at 97-96.
Ballard gave Washington a chance to take the lead when he picked off a Mike [WORD - ILLEGIBLE] with less than a minute remaining. But the Bullets couldn't set up a good play and Norman wound up taking an off-balance jumper that never had a chance.
Free then connected on a long-jump shot with 18 seconds to go to insure the 76ers victory.
Mitch Kupehak finished with a team-high 17 points while Wright added 16.
In the first game, the Knicks broke a 91-91 tie with baskets by Earl Monroe and rookie Ray Williams to top the Nets, who played much better than they did last week against the Bullets.