In a matchup of two NBA teams that want to run more this season, the Atlanta Hawks defeated the Washington Bullets, 132-128 in overtime, in an exhibition game tonight at McAlister Field House.
Jeff Ruland led the Bullets (0-2) with 23 points and eight rebounds. Rick Mahorn had a team-high 12 rebounds.
Gus Williams scored five points before twisting his right ankle late in the second quarter. Williams walked off the court but did not play in the rest of the game.
Sly Williams (27 points) led the Hawks, who played without either center Tree Rollins (sprained ankle) or forward Dominique Wilkins (bruised heel).
The Hawks (1-3) trailed by 25 points late in the first half, but a second-half rally gave them the lead, 100-99, with 8:11 left in regulation.
The Bullets' Dudley Bradley (19 points in 31 minutes) hit a driving 12-foot jumper to tie the game at 118 with three seconds left in regulation. Sly Williams missed a 30-footer for Atlanta at the buzzer.
Bradley sank a three-point shot from the top of the key to close Atlanta's lead to 130-128 with 10 seconds left, but Stewart Granger made two free throws to ensure victory.
Bobby Parks and Granger each scored four points in the overtime for Atlanta.
The Bullets shot 46 percent from the field, and Atlanta Coach Mike Fratello said that was the key.
"You can run when the other team misses their shots," Fratello said. "That's what we're trying to get our players to do. Rebound the ball and get out on the fast break."
Rebounding has also been something of a problem for the Bullets. Their opponents in the two exhibitions have 30 more rebounds than the Bullets.