Robert Parish and Cedric Maxwell scored 14 points in the fourth quarter tonight to rally the Boston Celtics to a 128-116 triumph over the Washington Bullets.
The celtics trailed, 98-94, after three periods, but opened the fourth with an 8-4 run to tie at 102 with 8:20 to play. Parish then fed Gerald Henderson for a spinning layup, made two free throws and a 10-footer, and Maxwell scored on a layup to trigger a 14-4 burst that gave the Celtics a 116-106 lead with 3:52 left.
The Bullets, who Thursday night were eliminated from the playoffs, got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
The Bullets last failed to make the playoffs in the 1967-68 season, the year before Wes Unseld joined the team. Unseld, who recently announced he will retire at the end of the current season, was honored at tonight's game and given a standing ovation by the crowd.
Maxwell, who had 14 points in the third quarter, scored six in the fourth. He led the Celtics with 25, while parrish had 22 and Rick Robery, 17. Henderson got all eight of his points in the final period.
For the Bullets, Kevin Grevey had 27 points, Greg Ballard 24 and Mitch Kupchak 23.