If their 7-27 record -- the worst in the NBA entering the game -- wasn't indication enough, the Golden State Warriors might have known they were going to be in trouble last night against the Washington Bullets when, warming up at Capital Centre, some of their players were beaten in a game of HORSE by their ball boy.

From then on, things only got worse for the Warriors. Five of the Bullets scored in double figures and reserve center Manute Bol contributed six points, 10 rebounds and tied the NBA season-high with 10 blocked shots -- all in 15 minutes playing time -- to lead them to a 115-91 victory.

This fifth straight home court success improved Washington's record to 14-21. Overall, the Bullets are 6-2 since Wes Unseld was named coach Jan. 3.

When Unseld sent Charles Jones into the game to replace Bol with just under eight minutes to play, the 7-foot-6 shot blocker received an ovation from the crowd of 12,713.

The rout also gave guard Darrell Walker a chance to get a little playing time in his first game since Dec. 19. Out since he severely sprained his right ankle, Walker was activated yesterday. Forward Jay Murphy, with a herniated disk, was placed on the injured list.

By the time Bol made his dramatic exit, starting center Moses Malone had long been retired for the evening, scoring 14 points with 11 rebounds. In fact, none of the Washington starters was needed during the final period.

Terry Catledge and Bernard King each scored 20 points for the Bullets. Rookie guard Winston Garland had 24 for the Warriors, and Ralph Sampson had 18 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots.

"It feels good to be undefeated at home," Unseld said. "We've sat down and tried to figure out a few things that we've needed to do to win and we've been able to do them."

In their last six games, the Bullets have outscored opponents an average of 19 points. One reason is a better offense, but perhaps a bigger factor has been a very aggressive defense. Surprisingly though, Bol, who finished first and second in blocked shots his first two NBA seasons, hadn't been a part of the surge. Until last night, he was fifth in the league in rejections and was plummeting; last season he had 28 games with at least five blocks; this season, nine.

But he blocked six in the second quarter alone as the Warriors, with five players with two years or less NBA experience, kept driving to the basket for more and more punishment.

"What happens is some teams don't try to take the ball to the hole," Bol said. "I felt comfortable against Philly {four points, five rebounds and four blocks in the Bullets' 110-98 win Wednesday} and when I feel comfortable I want to make something happen."

His lack of comfort led to a heated exchange with Unseld at halftime of Washington's 117-103 loss Monday at Chicago. Since then, Bol has played as if on top of the world.

"My voice is always raised at halftime, whether it's Manute or Jeff Malone or Moses," said Unseld. "If they're doing something wrong, I'll tell them and tell them what I want done."

There was little need for shouting last night. The Bullets were ahead, 32-22, at the start of the second quarter and after Bol's performance the final outcome was all but sealed. Washington took a 42-26 lead on a jumper by Tyrone Bogues; the diminutive rookie then scored again after stealing the ball from Tony White.

White got the ball down the floor on the next possession, but Bol blocked his shot and tipped it to Bogues, who fed Frank Johnson, who passed to King for a layup to make the score 46-26. Warriors Coach George Karl called time, but that didn't help his team.

Bol blocked shots on the next three Golden State possessions, each leading to Washington scores. For emphasis, he dunked a rebound basket over Sampson. The 7-4 former Virginia player immediately retaliated with a dunk over Bol, but the tenor of the game had long been established.

"When you're playing on the road there are effort plays -- going after loose balls, offensive rebounds -- that you have to come out 50-50 on," said Karl. "Tonight, we were dominated in them. Then Manute made his statement with his blocks and in the second half we just didn't have the confidence to continue."

After taking a 61-42 halftime lead, the Bullets never let Karl's crew get closer than 17 points in the third period. When they opened the final quarter with nine straight points, it was only a question of the game ending before the start of the next knockout bout, Mike Tyson-Larry Holmes on the Centre's Telscreen.