IOWA CITY, OCT. 16 -- The 15,500 basketball fans who crowded into Carver-Hawkeye Arena tonight came to pay homage to Michael Jordan, who has led the NBA in scoring for four straight seasons, and to cheer one of their own, B.J. Armstrong, a former star here for the Iowa Hawkeyes. The fans got what they wanted and the Washington Bullets got their second straight exhibition defeat.
Jordan scored a game-high 16 points as the Chicago Bulls buried Washington, 119-84, in NBA preseason action. Eight Chicago players finished in double figures. Armstrong had 13 points.
"Winning exhibition games is important to some people, but not to me," Bullets Coach Wes Unseld said. "It's nice, but not important. What's important is that we're getting the chance to evaluate."
The loss was the Bullets' second loss in two preseason games. Chicago is 3-0.
"I wasn't surprised by the outcome," Unseld said. "When you're missing four starters from a team that only won 31 games a year ago, this outcome is understandable."
The Bullets were without key players Bernard King, John Williams, Ledell Eackles and Darrell Walker.
Williams literally is missing, Walker is injured, King has the flu, and Eackles is a training camp holdout.
"Our biggest problem isn't who are we going to keep on this team," Unseld said. "We've got to work on getting those people back who are missing."
Harvey Grant, who played a game-high 27 minutes, led the Bullets with 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Tony Harris, a 6-foot-4-inch rookie guard from New Orleans, and Greg Foster, the team's top pick out of Texas-El Paso, were the only other players in double figures for Washington. Harris had 11 points and Foster had 10.
"You take four of the top players away from any other team in the league, and they're also going to struggle," Grant said. "We know we've still got a lot of things to work on, but we should be all right once the season starts."
Washington stayed close for the first two minutes, but an 18-6 run midway through the first quarter put the Bulls up by 24-11 with 3:08 to play in the period.
The Bullets closed to 33-22 early in the second quarter, but the Bulls rallied for a 20-5 spurt over the next six minutes.
"Those two spurts did us in," Unseld said. "They scored when they had to."
Jordan had 10 points in the first quarter and played only sparingly the rest of the game as the Bullets never came closer than 11 points. Dennis Hopson had 14 points for the Bulls.