CINCINNATI, OCT. 25 -- Coach Wes Unseld refused to be drawn into a discussion on holdouts Ledell Eackles and John Williams tonight after the Washington Bullets dropped a 116-104 exhibition decision to the previously winless Cleveland Cavaliers before a sparse crowd of 3,728.

"Those two guys aren't here and I won't be drawn into speculation about what kind of help they would or would not have been," said Unseld.

The loss in Riverfront Coliseum left Washington 0-5 in the exhibition season and facing another preseason game Friday night in Buffalo against the Boston Celtics.

The Bullets kept pace in the early going against Cleveland, leading by five late in the first quarter. But a late first-half scoring spurt by rookie Danny Ferry, who hit for eight of his 14 points off the bench in the second quarter, helped the Cavaliers forge a 13-point halftime lead. It was a lead they would not lose as they improved to 1-5.

Brad Daugherty led the Cavaliers with 25 points as he made all 15 of his free throw attempts.

Bernard King (26 points, six rebounds and seven assists) led the Bullets. Harvey Grant and Larry Robinson had 14 and 12 points, respectively.

Pervis Ellison, who had been out with a sprained ankle, scored six points and had six rebounds.