MONTREAL, OCT. 27 -- The preseason ended as it began for the Washington Bullets, with a loss, 109-95, to the Philadelphia 76ers tonight before 9,738 at The Forum. But the differences between the start of preseason and now are large.

Washington (0-7) played with Philadelphia for better than three quarters, leading by 83-81 at the start of the fourth period. But the Bullets then went into deep freeze offensively, missing 12 of 13 shots. They were still down just 89-88 midway through the fourth, but the 76ers scored 13 of the next 15 points to put things away.

Bernard King was tremendous for Washington, scoring 41 points. A.J. English performed well in the second half and wound up with 15 points. Charles Barkley led the 76ers, who won their sixth straight, with 38 points and 18 rebounds.

Bullet Pervis Ellison totaled 11 points and seven rebounds in 28 minutes, before spraining his ankle with 8:20 left. He did not return.

"We were moving the ball pretty well," King said. "The young guys were developing the offense, and as a result things were going well. You really can't ask for a better effort than the young kids gave tonight. Forget the loss; it's exhibition season. There were some bright spots out there."

"I put more emphasis on trying to win the game than I had in the past," Bullets Coach Wes Unseld said, "because we were playing pretty good. Even though I tried to use everybody I still wanted to really focus in on winning."

"What I've been trying to focus in on this whole camp was not what the other teams were doing, just what we were doing."