It was the first exhibition game of the season, but Elvin Hayes was in midseason form tonight as he poured in 30 points in a losing cause against the New Jersey Nets.
The Nets used a more balanced attack with six players in double attack with six players in double figures and came away with a 111-101 victory over the Bullets at the New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The Bullets played without forward Bob Dandridge, who took a spill in practice Friday, and was suffering from headaches.
The Nets played without their primary ball handler, Ed Jordan, who has a hamstring pull, but they pressed on defense and came up with a 37-point fourth quarter after trailing, 80-74.
After veteran Ralph Simpson tied the score at 96 with 3:17 remaining, rookies Cliff Robinson and Calvin Natt paced the Nets to 11 straight points, giving them a 107-96 lead with a minute to play.
Robinson, who would have been a junior at Southern California had he not gone hardship, finished with 11 points and had four rebounds in the period, going heads up against Hayes for much of the quarter. He finished with 16 points.
Bernard King led the Nets with 18 and Simpson, who made eight of nine shots from the field, added 17.
Greg Ballard, with 14, and Roger Phegley, with 11, were the only other Bullets to score in double figures.
Phegley, who is battling Kevin Grevey for the starting big guard spot, shot four-for-12 from the field in 27 minutes while Grevey, in camp only three days, three of six in 12 minutes.
Charles Johnson became the first Bullet to score a three-point field goal as he hit at the intermission buzzer.
Most of the Bullet offense was provided by Hayes. He played 31 minutes and made 15 of 25 shots and led both teams with nine rebounds.
"I'm just trying to get into shape," Hayes said. "I'm happy with my performance."
The Bullets do not play again until Friday when they face Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics in the first game of a doubleheader at the Spectrum in Philadelphia.
Tonight's New Jersey victory was the Nets' second straight. They beat the 76ers, 102-98, Thursday in the first NBA exhibition game this season.
Charlie Floyd was the most productive of the Bullet newcomers tonight, scoring nine points in 22 minutes.