The Washington Bullets got tough, got big baskets, got lucky and finally got a win. It took overtime, but the Bullets escaped the Indiana Pacers with a 107-105 victory last night before 7,983 at Capital Centre to end their five-game losing streak.

Washington changed its starting lineup, and it paid off. Haywoode Workman joined Darrell Walker in the backcourt and responded with 14 points, including the game-winner with 3.1 seconds left. Still, the Bullets had to survive a last-second, three-point miss by Indiana's Reggie Miller.

Workman played 44 minutes and added six assists and five rebounds. Bernard King had 34 points to lead Washington (3-8), with Harvey Grant scoring 19. Reserves Pervis Ellison and Tom Hammonds combined for 21 rebounds as Washington outrebounded the Pacers 55-50.

Chuck Person added 21 points for the Pacers (5-7).

Indiana tied the game with 38.8 seconds left in the overtime on a drive by Vern Fleming. After a Washington turnover and a Person miss, the Bullets called time with 10 seconds remaining.

They wanted to set a screen for King at the foul line. But the play switched when Ellison, instead of Workman, had to catch the inbound pass.

"First thing I thought of was, 'Go get it,' " Workman said. "Then Vern Fleming was on my back, so I back-cut him. And nobody picked me up at the top of the key. Right then I made up my mind to go to the basket, and nobody ever came, so I tried to just get it to the glass."

Driving right, Workman was free. No one from Indiana came over to provide help, and Workman arched a short hook over LaSalle Thompson and off the backboard for the game-winning basket.

"Haywoode saw an opening," King said. "We were going into a play where it was a flowing pattern and a {screen} by Pervis and Harvey, and I would come up. As a result, that spread the floor out. And Haywoode was able work himself into the lane and he went up over their front line."

Indiana still had a chance, just as the Pacers had forced overtime on a wide-open three-pointer by George McCloud with 8.1 seconds left in regulation. Just as in their loss to Philadelphia, each Bullet was supposed to switch onto any open man in front of him.

This time, it was Charles Jones, who slipped as he tried to deflect the inbounds pass intended for Miller. That left the three-point specialist open at the top of the circle, though he was off-balance and didn't get squared.

"I thought, 'Oh no, not again,' " Workman said. But the shot was well off and Washington had its first win in almost two weeks.

Said Jones: "Miller came out and I was outside of him. They made a bounce pass and I tried to deflect it to throw it off-rhythm. But he was able to come around and get it. Reggie's such a great shooter. If he had had time to set he could have launched from 40 feet out."

Washington hurt itself with more wretched free throw shooting, missing 15 of 36 from the line. That included four in the last minute of regulation that could have salted things away.

Another scoring drought -- 15 third-quarter points -- erased the Bullets' halftime lead, and the Pacers took a five-point edge with 4:33 left in regulation on a Fleming basket. But the Bullets dug in defensively and didn't allow a field goal for more than four minutes.

"As soon as it's a game we're supposed to win, it's all mano-a-mano, one-on-one," Pacers Coach Dick Versace said, "and we don't move the ball."

Washington took a 95-94 lead with two minutes left on a King fadeway, and went up by three with 1:07 left on a Workman transition layin. When the Bullets stole an inbounds pass meant for Ken Williams and Jones was fouled with 46.6 seconds left, things looked secure.

But Jones missed both free throws. King grabbed the rebound and was fouled. He also missed both. Miller made two from the line with 30 seconds left, but King hit a jumper with 10 seconds remaining to restore the three-point cushion.

Byron Irvin missed a defensive switch, however, and it left McCloud wide open in the left corner. He hit the three-pointer to send the game into overtime. Nonetheless, Washington persevered.

"It's a win. Period," King said.