The young up-and-coming New York Knicks humiliated the old, on-the-way-down Washington Bullets tonight, 111-93.
The defeat was the Bullets' fifth in a row and dropped them to 2-9 this season and deeper into the Atlantic Division cellar.
"We had no chance to win tonight; we just looked bad," Coach Gene Shue said. "Our problem has been that every time we've had a chance to win, like Friday night in New Jersey, we haven't."
The resurgent Knicks, led by dynamic guards Ray Williams and Michael Ray Richardson, won their sixth straight game at Madison Square Garden and improved their record to 7-2 for the season.
Williams scored 26 points and had four steals, four assists, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.
Richardson, who could be one of the two or three best all-around guards in the National Basketball Association, scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals.
The woeful Bullets were led by Elvin Hayes' 18 points and 18 rebounds.
Bob Dandridge scored only four points and injured his right leg falling early in the third period. He was taken to the dressing room and didn't return. The injury is in the same area where Dandridge had surgery this summer to repair a compressed nerve in his calf.
The seriousness of the injury won't be known until he is examined Monday by team physician Stan Lavine.
The Bullets were in trouble almost from the beginning tonight and missed their first seven shots.
The Knicks' leading scorer for the season, 7-foot center Bill Cartwright, picked up three personal fouls in the first six minutes and scored only eight points. The Knicks' other 7-footer, Melvin Webster, came in and had 12 points and eight rebounds in 29 minutes.
Despite the slow start, the Bullets were still down by only two points, 17-15, midway through the first quarter when they blew two straight two-on-one fast breaks by throwing the ball away. It was all downhill from there.
The Knights led by five at the end of the first quarter and outscored the Bullets, 13-0, at the outset of the second period to take 40-24 command.
The Bullets missed their first eight shots of the quarter.
Richardson was the spark of that Knick rally as he scored the first five points on a 20-foot jumper and a three-point play against John Williamson. He went on to score seven points and have two assists and two rebounds in the spurt and the Knicks weren't pressed much after that.
The lead grew to 24 points midway in the third period and didn't dip under 20 until New York Coach Red Holzman started using reserves DeWayne Scales and Mike Woodson. Scales had played only one minute and hadn't scored a oint all season until the Bullets came to town. He had three points in seven minutes tonight.
Friday night, the Bullets had a 10-point lead with six minutes to play against New Jersey and lost by two points at the buzzer when Net rookie Darwin Cook made a 20-foot jump shot.
Tonight's game never got that far. The Bullets don't have the quickness or the shooters to keep up with the Knicks, and it showed. They had no one who could stay close to Richardson and Williams, and Shue tried every combination of players possible. He even went to 11th man Carlos Terry as early as the second quarter, but the Bullets were already deep in the hole that they couldn't escape.
Once again, much of the Bullets' trouble could be traced to their inability to shoot or hold onto the ball. They made only 41 percent of their shots and had 23 turnovers.
Every period started out badly for them, not just the first and second. They began the third by missing their first four shots and turning the ball over twice.