Kevin Porter scored 27 points and had 17 assists tonight to lead the Bullets to an impressive 116-110 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
It was the Bullets' first victory on their current road trip after having lost the first two games in Portland and Seattle.
Porter played the entire 48 minutes and controlled the tempo throughout the game.
Don Collins and Mitch Kupchak came off the Bullet bench to score 19 and 18 points, respectively. Kevin Grevey also had 18.
Lloyd Free led Golden State with 28 and Joe Barry Carroll had 23.
The Bullets had a 13-point lead, 94-81, with 8:50 remaining but Purvis Short, Bernard King and Carroll led a Warrior charge that cut the Bullet lead to three points, 106-103. Greg Ballard made two free throws after being fouled by King and after a Lorenzo Romar miss, Elvin Hayes scored on a turnaround jumper to give the Bullets a 110-103 lead with one minute left and they held on for the victory.
The Bullets have a day off Saturday and will face the Suns in Phoenix Sunday night.
The Bullets were down, 7-4, when they outscored the Warriors, 12-2, to take a 16-9 lead with 7:28 left in the first quarter. Grevey, Elvin Hayes and Porter each had four points in that spurt.
The Warriors regrouped with a 10-2 spurt later in the period to go on top, 19-18. Free and King each had four of those points.
The lead changed nine times in the first period after that and the score was tied at 31 at the end of the quarter.
Hayes, who scored only 13 points in the previous two games, both Bullet losses, because of a hip pointer, had 10 first-quarter points tonight, but picked up three fouls and didn't play in the second period.
Free was the big man early for the Warriors, scoring 13 first-quarter points.
Collins gave the Bullets a lift in the second period with 12 points as the Bullets steadily crept ahead.
The Bullets were up, 53-50, with 2-21 left in the half when Porter sparked a 9-2 scoring binge that gave the visitors a 10-point halftime lead, 62-52.
Porter made two free throws, and after a Golden State miss, fed Grevey for a layup. The Warriors missed again on their next possession and Porter sank a free throw.
Carroll was called for an offensive goaltending, and Porter scored on a drive to get the Bullet lead to eight points. Porter then stole a Warrior pass and assisted Collins on a fast-break basket to end the first-half scoring.
Bullet center Wes Unseld limped badly most of the half because of his sore right knee and even took himself out once.
The Warriors are one of the most interesting teams in the league. Their starters -- Carroll at center, Larry Smith and King at forwards and Free and Billy Reid at guards -- weren't with the team last season.
Carroll, Smith and Reid are rookies and King and Free came to the team in off-season trades.
Reid is in the starting lineup because of the recent problems the Warriors have been having with former Maryland star John Lucas. Lucas has skipped a number of games and practices this season and is in the Warrior doghouse. Coach Al Attles said Lucas will have to work his way back into the lineup.
Lucas did get in the game late in the first half, but did not score. Former Bullet Phil Chenier, who is on his second 10-day contact with the Warriors, also played in the first half and also did not score.
The Bullets shot 60 percent in the first half. Porter had 17 points and 11 assists in the half as he proved to be the Bullets' major weapon. He made six of seven shots.
Ballard, who carried the Bullet offense the last 10 games while averaging more than 27 points, went scoreless in the first half, missing all four shots he took.