Adrian Dantley scored 13 of his game-high 39 points in the fourth period to lead the Chuck Taylor All-Stars to a 130-116 victory over the Washington Bullets in the championship of the Urban Coalition Summer League yesterday before a standing room only crowd at Dunbar High School.
The start of the game was delayed for an hour because of the large crowd waiting to get inside. Players for both teams were caught in traffic outside, so the game could not begin as scheduled at 4 p.m. At least 800 people were turned away.
After it started, the Bullets tried three players on Dantley, but none of them could stop the all-pro forward of the Utah Jazz.
After the Bullets tied it at 106 with two minutes gone in the fourth period, Dantley took charge.
He got the ball at the top of the key, gave Rick Mahorn a pump fake, and headed for a layup. Mahorn, chasing on the play, fouled Dantley, who converted the three-point play to give the All-Stars the lead for good at 109-106 with 9:26 remaining.
On the All-Stars' next four possessions, Dantley scored two baskets, converted two free throws and fed Jo Jo Hunter (21 points) for a basket to open up 117-106 lead with 6:20 left.
The Bullets made only four of 25 shots in the fourth quarter. At one point, they went five minutes without a basket. Charlie Davis, who had scored 25 points through three quarters, tired after defending Dantley and managed only one field in the final period.
The game was close early. The first period featured 10 ties and five lead changes before the All-Stars took a 38-33 advantage as Claude Gregory (15 points) and Dantley scored eight apiece.
The second period was a fan's delight. There was something for everybody: dunks by Mahorn, long-range shots and great passing by Frank Johnson and good moves by Hunter, the clear favorite of the crowd.
Hunter, an all-America at Mackin, scored 14 points in the second period on a variety of soft jump shots and spinning, twisting moves to the basket for layups. It was Hunter's three-point shot at the buzzer with Gary Witts hanging on that gave the All-Stars a 76-74 halftime lead.
The pace of the game slowed in the third period as play became more physical. Substitute Dudley Bradley (20 points) of the Phoenix Suns gave the All-Stars a lift, scoring 12 of his team's 28 third-period points.