The Washington Bullets took control from the outset and defeated the Sacramento Kings, 111-89, before 4,553 last night at Capital Centre.
From the first quarter on, there was little doubt about the outcome. The Bullets (10-11), who have won their last eight home games, hit 13 of their first 14 field goal attempts to take a 32-18 lead in the opening quarter.
In the period, Washington shot 79 percent, sinking 15 of 19 shots. The Bullets were so hot that the Kings got only five rebounds in the opening 12 minutes.
All but one of the nine Bullets who entered the game shot at least 50 percent from the field. The exception was guard Frank Johnson, who started for the ill Gus Williams (flu). Johnson was five for 13 but was the team leader in assists with 10 and played a strong overall game.
"Only 34 minutes? I didn't earn my money tonight," said Jeff Ruland, in what was perhaps the truest indication of the lopsided score. It wasn't necessary for Ruland -- who averaged just less than 40 minutes a game before last night's game -- to do such yeoman duty.
Ruland still scored 25 points with 11 rebounds, but offensively, he had to take a back seat to Cliff Robinson, who scored 24 points in the first half and finished with 28.
"Cliff was sensational offensively," said Bullets Coach Gene Shue. "Defensively, too, but then, the whole team was."
The Kings (7-14) also started strongly, hitting eight of their first 12 shots, but the Bullets' grinding, trapping defense began to take its toll.
Charles Jones scored only two points and had four rebounds, but he hounded Eddie Johnson -- Sacramento's leading scorer with an average of 19.6 points -- into a two-for-nine, five-point performance. Dudley Bradley, playing 24 minutes as the third guard in Williams' absence, had four steals.
At the center of it all was Manute Bol. The 7-foot-7 rookie blocked eight shots, seven in the final quarter. The shot-blocking performance matched the single-half record that he tied on Nov. 27 against San Antonio.
"They just took it to us," said Sacramento Coach Phil Johnson. "We couldn't stop them. They shot well and did a good job of zoning us. Bol was certainly a factor in this game."
Bol's teammates were trying to get the ball to him on the other end of the floor for some well-deserved, but rarely granted, field goal attempts. That he only got two shots off was unfortunate, Shue said.
"We wanted to run a few plays for Manute at the end," Shue said. "He had certainly done his job at the defensive end."
Robinson also was more than adept. Over the past week, the forward's playing time had dwindled steadily -- a result, he said, of less-than-intense work defensively.
"Gene had told me that I needed to get out there and work on my defense, and then everything else would come, and I'd stay out there a lot longer," Robinson said. "I think that that had a lot to do with it (his decreased playing time). I don't want to be on the bench more than any other player, so I'll start working my butt off to stay out there."
Robinson's four steals were a season high as the Bullets forced the Kings into 16 turnovers in the first half. Those mistakes led to 15 Washington points and, given the home team's accuracy, spelled an almost total collapse for Sacramento.
"That was a big factor in our getting behind," Phil Johnson said. "We would rebound the ball and throw it away. We just had too many turnovers."
And, in the first half, once the Bullets recovered the ball, Robinson would put it in the basket a short time later.
"I think I was concentrating more, maybe because of the defense," he said. "Then everything fell into place. Coming off picks, I felt like if I would just get the ball, I could score, and my teammates were very gracious in giving it to me."
In fact, it was a jumper by Robinson with 6:35 to play in the third period that gave Washington its biggest lead of the game, 30 points at 79-49. From there, it was merely a case of awaiting the final margin. SuperSonics 105, 76ers 100
Forward Tom Chambers came off the bench to score 28 points and rookie Xavier McDaniel added 24 to lead Seattle in Philadelphia.
It was the first victory for Seattle at the Spectrum since 1980.
Ricky Sobers scored 15 points and Jack Sikma had 13 for Seattle. Moses Malone and Julius Erving each had 20 for Philadelphia. Spurs 121, Warriors 114
Helped by Mike Mitchell's 26 points, San Antonio held off a late rally by visiting Golden State.
Golden State scored eight straight points in the last two minutes to cut a 117-106 Spurs lead to 117-114, but Mitchell and Alvin Robertson sank a pair of free throws each to ensure the win. Lakers 125, Mavericks 119
Byron Scott scored 30 points and Magic Johnson had 28 and a game-high 15 assists to help Los Angeles win in Dallas.
James Worthy scored 20 points for the Lakers and A.C. Green had 12 points and nine rebounds.