The Washington Bullets had everything going last night and had their easiest time of the season in downing the Chicago Bulls, 118-105.
They outshot, outrebounded, outran and outdid the overmatched Bulls in every way and led by as many 24 points early in the fourth period.
The Bullets shot 52 percent from the field and garnered a season-high 62 rebounds as they won their second in a row, the first time they have accomplished that feat this season.
They can even their record at 7-7 Friday against the New Jersey Nets in Piscataway.
Bob Dandridge, the most dominant Bullet the past few games, made 13 of 18 shots last night and led his team with 30 points. He provided 10 rebounds and four assists.
Elvin Hayes had 20 points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Yet the biggest lift came from the bench. Larry Wright snapped out of a four-game slump with a season-high 18 points. As a group, Bullet reserves Wright, Greg Ballard, Roger Phegley and Dave Corzine scored 50 points.
All four of those players were on the the court in the second period when the Bullets outscored Chicago, 35-26, to overcome a three-point first-quarter deficit and take a 57-51 halftime advantage.
Wright made six of seven shots and furnished two assists in the quarter to snap out of one of the worst shooting slumps of his career.
Going into the game, Wright had made five of his previous 23 shots.
"I've been adjusting, just like everyone else," Wright said. "I've been playing two positions, the shooting guard and the playmaker and sometimes I was getting caught between the two. Instead of going ahead and taking my shot. I would hesitate or something and you just can't do that."
Wright is by far the quickest and fastest Bullet and he showed that speed on numerous occasions last night, to the delight of the 7,738 at Capital Centre.
On one play Wright followed Dandridge in on a fast break and when Dandridge missed the shot, Wright -- already past the basket -- reached back over his head and tapped the ball in. Two plays later, with three Bulls between him and the basket, he faked to his left and sped by all of them to his right for an easy layup.
"We executed well," said Bullet Coach Dick Motta. "We were a little careless on some fast breaks, but it's tough to keep your intensity when you're up by 20.
"I think they're starting to feel more comfortable with each other."
The Bulls, meanwhile, are having serious problems, as their 4-14 record attests. They lost center Artis Gilmore to knee surgery four games into the season and were also without forward Scott May last night. He pulled a groin muscle in the loss to Houston Tuesday night.
Rookie forward David Greenwood led the Bulls with 29 points against the Bullets, but Chicago shot only 39 percent from the field. And with little Bull board strength to contend with, the Bullets were grabbing the misses and running at will. Hayes, Dandridge and Wes Unseld were getting their outlet passes to midcourt and the Bullet guards were there to convert at the other end.
Dandridge scored 11 points in the third period to give the Bullets an 89-78 lead and they opened the final quarter with a 13-0 spurt.
Nine of those 13 points were off the fast break. Wright started the run with a 20-footer and after a Chicago miss, fed Dandridge for a three-point play off the break. The Bulls missed again at their end of the floor; Unseld rebounded and rifled a sizzling outlet pass to Wright, who scored with no Bull within 10 feet of him.
Unseld made two free throws and Ballard scored back-to-back baskets to give the Bullets a secure 102-78 lead.