AUBURN HILLS, MICH., JULY 21 -- If nothing else, guard-forward Doron Jamchy, the Washington Bullets' import, can shoot the basketball.
From way, way out; sometimes from what seems like a different zip code than his teammates.
In the first half tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks, he made all five of his field goal attempts, two coming from beyond the three-point line. Washington won for the second time in three games, 123-111.
When the Bullets' offense struggled in the first quarter and fell behind, 39-23, assistant coach Bill Blair, who's running the team, knew who to turn to for instant points.
Enter Jamchy, a 29-year-old, 6-foot-5 weapon from Maccabi, Tel Aviv, where he is a national hero.
He scorched the Bucks for all 12 of his points in the first half and by halftime the Bullets' cast of free agents and rookies had taken a 64-61 lead.
The Bullets end the four-game set here Sunday with an 11:30 a.m. game against the Indiana Pacers.
Washington's 41-point second quarter was dominated by its guards.
Second-round draft choice A.J. English had all 20 of his points in the first half to go with Jamchy's 12 in 12 minutes.
"I felt great out there today. I was trying to concentrate and play harder on defense," Jamchy said. "I think I did okay. I wanted to try and get some rebounds. I have the ability to do it. It's just one of the things I have to learn. I have to get used to the way the game is played here."
He missed all four of his shots in the second half and finished five for nine with three rebounds and two steals. "We've all said this before: If you can get him open, Jamchy can really shoot the ball," said Bullets Coach Wes Unseld.
Two years ago, Jamchy played for Israel's national team against the Philadelphia 76ers and burned them for 32 points. Because he was under contract to play for and captain the national team, he had to put a chance at playing in the NBA on hold until this year.
Unseld said the evaluation process ends Sunday, when he plans to tell the group who the team is interested in.
"I hope they invite me back," Jamchy said.