The rampaging San Antonio Spurs, sitting comfortably atop the NBA Central Division, meet the Bullets tonights at 8:05 o'clock in Capital Centre.
The Spurs have the fourth-best record in the NBA and held a six-game lead over Washington in the Central Division race prior to last night's league action.
The Bullets beat San Antonio at Capitol Centre in November, 116-105, but the Spurs rebounded, 129-109, in January at San Antonio.
The Bullets' ability to control guard George Gervin was the major difference in the two games.
In the first contest, Gervin, the league's No. 2 scorer, scored 20 points, but spent 23 minutes on the bench in foul trouble. He was over shadowed by Mich Kupchak's 26 points and Phil Chenier's 24. Bob Dandridge did not play.
At San Antonio, Gervin erupted for 33 points on 14-of-21 shooting as the Spurs sank 52 percent from the field and outgunned the Bullets in the second hllf. Larry kenon added 26 for the Spurs, Elvin Hayes had 21 and Dandridge 19 for the Bullets.
"When they shoot like that, it's hard to stop them," said Bullet coach Dick Motta. "They all can shoot so you can't concentrate on Gervin. The others can burn you too."
Guard Mike Gale was a thron in Washington's throughout San Antonio's victory. Gale, who missed the first game with a sprained a ankle, scored 16 points and handed off eights assist. When the Bullets tried to double-term Gervin, Gale took the open shots.
The Spurs have received a boost lately from the return of former ABA All-star guard James Silas, Silas, who has been playing with leg injuries, scored 15 points in a game last week and is working to be in shape for the playoffs. In his ABA days, he was considered one of hite league's premier players.
The Bullets played in Milwaukee last night; the Spurs opposed the Knicks in New York. Washington and San Antonio meet for a fourth time March 11 in San Antonio.