SEATTLE, NOV. 21 -- Like the hapless football team that's always welcome at homecoming time, the Washington Bullets continue to play the perfect foil this NBA season, tonight losing their fourth consecutive game, this one 124-103 to the Seattle SuperSonics.
Now 2-7 this season, the Bullets trailed by 69-62 midway through the third quarter but then selfdestructed under the weight of missed shots and poor rebounding.
Seattle (5-4) ended the period ahead by 85-75, then totally took control of the game with a 13-4 burst to open the fourth. The key to how out of sync the Bullets were tonight came when seldom-used Seattle forward Russ Schoene managed to score 15 points in the fourth quarter.
Forward Xavier McDaniel had 28 points for the winners, two more than Bernard King of the Bullets.
While not exactly sensational, the Bullets started out shooting better that they had in Friday's 120-101 loss to Portland. King, who scored 10 points in the first quarter of that game, had six of his team's first eight points tonight.
That gave the Bullets an 8-7 lead but the SuperSonics went ahead by 17-14. Guard Dale Ellis had seven for the hosts. The Bullets' problem wasn't poor shooting from the perimeter, but rather from closer in to the basket. They got several offensive rebounds but couldn't turn them into points.
The Bullets didn't make a substitution until the 4:15 mark. When Coach Kevin Loughery went to the bench it was for forward Charles Jones, who had played well, particularly at the defensive end, in the loss to Portland.
Tonight, he made one steal, forced another turnover and even made two free throws. At the end of the period, the SuperSonics were leading, 28-26. King had 10 points. Ellis and forward McDaniel each had seven for Seattle.
The Bullets tied the game early in the second quarter when Darrell Walker scored on an offensive rebound. Seattle responded with 10 straight points. There was 7:58 left in the half and the SuperSonics led by 38-28. Two of the points came on two free throws from Alton Lister, then there were two long jumpers from reserve guard Kevin Williams and another from Danny Young. Finally, rookie sensation Derrick McKey dunked.
The streak was broken with Moses Malone's layup, a basket that was followed by another from King. Young made a three-point shot but Moses Malone came back with two free throws to make it 41-34. By halftime, it was 55-50, Seattle. King had 18 and Moses Malone 12. McDaniel had 15.
The SuperSonics made 52 percent of their shots from the field in the first half, the Bullets 38 percent.
Ellis and McDaniel continued their handiwork early in the third quarter. Ellis got seven points and McDaniel six for a 68-56 lead. McDaniel scored on a driving layup after Moses Malone lost the ball at the other end of the floor.
The Bullets came back with a 6-1 spurt to get within 69-62. King, John Williams and Walker scored for Washington, the last basket prompting former Bullets' assistant coach Bernie Bickerstaff to call time.
The SuperSonics stretched their lead to 77-64, but the Bullets once again came back, this time at 81-7. Leading the way was King, who made three shots from the field and two from the foul line. Nevertheless, at the end of the quarter, Seattle led by 85-75. McDaniel had 25 points.
The start of the fourth quarter reflected all that's gone wrong for the Bullets this season. After Moses Malone's basket, Schoene made a short jumper. Washington's Walker then drove the length of the court and missed a layup. The SuperSonics recovered and Schoene made another jumper.
After the Bullets missed again, Schoene got the ball 24 feet from the basket. With Bickerstaff hollering at him to shoot, Schoene made a three-pointer that put his team ahead 92-77.
Loughery coulf only call time.WASHINGTON Min FG FT R A PF T King 32 9-14 8-11 6 4 4 26 J. Williams 36 4-11 0-1 7 2 4 8 M. Malone 34 7-16 8-13 9 4 3 22 Bogues 26 2-7 2-3 2 4 1 6 J. Malone 29 6-14 1-1 1 2 1 13 Jones 10 0-2 2-2 3 0 3 2 Alarie 16 3-7 0-0 2 2 1 6 F. Johnson 13 3-6 1-1 3 2 0
Three-point goals -- Ellis 2, Schoene, McKey, Young, Vincent. Steals -- Washington 5 (King, M. Malone, Bogu
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