Kevin Grevey, Greg Ballard and Elvin Hayes combined for 83 points last night to offset a 39-point night by Adrian Dantley as the Bullets rolled to their fifth straight victory, 121-113, over the Utah Jazz at Capital Centre.
Grevey finished with a season-high 30 points, 24 in the second half. Ballard had a season-high 28 and 15 rebounds and Hayes turned in a 48-minute performance and had 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Kevin Porter continued to direct the Bullet attack. He scored 16 points and had 11 assists, but got into foul trouble and played only 31 minutes.
Andre McCarter replaced him and got the ball to the right people. He scored only four points in 17 minutes, but he had three assists and didn't commit any turnovers.
It was a close game for a half with nine ties and 22 lead changes, but Grevey made six straight shots in the third quarter as the Bullets pulled away from a one-point halftime deficit to lead by 12 going into the fourth quarter.
Grevey scored on drives, long jumpers and off-balance running one-handers as he took heralded Utah rookie Darrell Griffith directly to the basket.
"I was a little discouraged at first, because I didn't get very many shots in the first half," Grevey said. "I even broke a few plays in the second half to get my shots and once it started falling, they kept going to me."
Grevey was three for six in the first half and 11-14 in the second.
Utah had an eight-point lead early in the third quarter and then Hayes and newcomer Don Collins scored four points each to make it a new game.
The Bullets closed the period by outscoring the Jazz, 17-3, to establish control. Grevey had eight of those points on two 20-footers, and two drives.
Collins was impressive in his Bullet debut as he scored 10 points and had three assists in 22 minutes. It was doubtful before the game if he would even play, though.
He spent most of the day in bed with flu.
He got most of his points last night on individual moves, which is exactly what the Bullets acquired him to do.
"I still don't know the plays too well, yet," the 6-foot-6 Collins said. "I was lost some of the time out there. Somebody had to tell me where to go and I ended up just trying to stay out of the way."
Collins had been starting at guard for Atlanta until he was traded for Wes Matthews Saturday. He played all 22 minutes at forward last night and that is expected to be where he will play most of the time.
"I think Collins did a real good job," said Coach Gene Shue, "especially considering he was sick all day."
Even though he scored 39 points, Dantley went scoreless for a 9 minute 32 second stretch in the fourth quarter. He pretty much did what he wanted to do in the first three quarters against Anthony Roberts, Ballard, Hayes and Collins, but Ballard shut him down late in the game.
"Greg on him is our best matchup and it worked well late in the game," Shue said.
Last night's game marked only the second time this season a Bullet has scored 30 points in a game.
The five-game winning streak is their longest of the season. Their most severe test of the streak will come Thursday at Capital Centre when the Philadelphia 76ers, who have the best record in the National Basketball Association, pay a visit.
The Bullets are hoping to have Wes Unseld back for that game. The bulky Bullet center has missed eight of the last nine games with tendintis in his right knee.