The Washington Bullets, after a defeat by the Chicago Bulls and a victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, meet the New Jersey Nets tonight at 8 in Glens Falls, N.Y., in their third exhibition game of the season.

"The thing we're most pleased about now is Rick Mahorn's consistency," said Bullet General Manager Bob Ferry. "He completely dominated the game against Cleveland (Thursday night). He made all the big plays. He's shown a tremendous amount of maturity."

Mahorn, a second-year man who saw only limited action last season, scored 20 points and had 14 rebounds as the Bullets defeated the Cavaliers, 99-94, at Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio. Coach Gene Shue has said Mahorn is one of the younger players he hopes can help fill the void left by the retirement of veteran center Wes Unseld.

Brad Holland, acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the compensation package for Mitch Kupchak, also was impressive against Cleveland, Ferry said. He scored 23 points, including 15 in the third quarter.

On Wednesday, the Bullets, playing their opening exhibition, were easily defeated by the Chicago Bulls, 100-75.

"We played about as well as we had expected against Chicago, considering it was our first game," said Ferry. "It was more like getting to know one another under pressure."