SACRAMENTO, FEB. 25 -- Throughout the course of the Washington Bullets' eight-game western road trip, guard Jeff Malone has had to deal with a jammed finger on his shooting hand and the idea that by the time he totally recovered, he might be wearing another team's uniform.

However, when the NBA trade deadline came and went, the veteran was still a Bullet and, for one night at least, the pain in his fingerlessened as he turned in a season-high 35-point effort that led Washington to a 129-110 victory.

Now 20-32 on the season, the Bullets, who also got 27 points and 17 rebounds from Moses Malone, broke a three-game losing streak with the triumph and moved to 2-4 on the trip west. Sacramento, 16-37, loser of five straight and last in the Midwest Division, was led by Derek Smith's 16 points.

"I'd really only heard about the trade talk this morning but that's part of the profession. I know that my name was mentioned a lot this summer; I thought then that it might be good for me but I'm happy to be a Bullet -- I'm definitely not complaining," Jeff Malone said.

He said his finger still hurts,"but tonight I got in a groove; it felt like I got into a groove, I was shooting it good and I got it going."

One might have sensed things would go the Bullets' way when, during the first half, 5-foot-3 guard Tyrone (Muggsy) Bogues penetrated the lane and lofted a shot over 7-1 Jawann Oldham. The attempt missed but it was Bogues who grabbed the offensive rebound and then threw a no-look pass to Moses Malone for a slam dunk.

Charles Jones was in the Bullets' starting lineup, replacing the injured Bernard King and there was a different starter at the other forward spot. John Williams replaced Terry Catledge in the visitor's lineup.

Wes Unseld on starting Williams over Catledge: "When I viewed tapes of the Kings they were using a press a lot and it's tough to have Charles Jones, Terry and Moses in there together because all three are low post players and that takes away some of your options against the press. John can handle the ball well in the open court and so we moved to him."

It was Williams who hit a pair of jumpers on consecutive possessions that gave Washington an 11-10 lead with 7:20 to play in the opening period. But Sacramento's Joe Kleine scored after Moses Malone was called for goaltending seconds later to regain the lead. Of the Kings' 12 points, only two had been scored from outside the lane.

Reserve guard Mike McGee hit a three-point field goal for the Kings but the points were swept away in an 11-3 run that gave the Bullets a 22-15 advantage. With four minutes left, Sacramento forward Otis Thorpe scored on a dunk but Jeff Malone came back with a three-point play for Washington with 3:50 remaining, giving the team a 25-17 edge.

At the end of the period, the Bullets were on top 34-23. Williams had 10 points and Jeff Malone eight in what was -- with the possible exception of the 43-point fourth quarter of the team's 115-109 loss to Houston last Saturday -- the best period of the team's current western road trip.

In the first quarter, the Bullets hit 56 percent of their field goal attempts and held the Kings to 37 percent. They also held a 15-12 advantage on the boards.

Things continued along the same course at the start of the second period. The Bullets got nine of the first 11 points--five by Frank Johnson--to go ahead, 43-25, with 10:25 left in the half.

At the time, the Kings had made 62 percent of their shots in the second quarter, but with 6:45 remaining they still trailed 50-35. A little more than a minute later, the Bullets had extended their lead to 55-37.

Washington ended the half with a 54 percent field goal average and a 25-22 rebounding advantage. Jeff Malone had 14 points, Williams 13 and Moses Malone 11 with eight rebounds. Sacramento was led by Otis Thorpe's 10 points.

Jeff Malone, bothered for most of the trip by a jammed finger on his right hand, got six consecutive points to put Washington ahead by 18 early in the third period and force Sacramento Coach Bill Russell to spend a timeout. Washington had made four of its five field goal attempts in the period.

Earlier in the day, King, the Bullets starting forward, was treated in Chicago for what has been diagnosed as a lower back strain and likely will miss the remaining games of the team's road trip.

"That's what I think will happen, going by the way he said he felt yesterday," said Wes Unseld. "{Trainer} John Lally said that the best thing for it anyway is rest."

The Bullets travel to Phoenix for a game Saturday before finishing against Golden State Monday.