OAKLAND, DEC. 5 -- The Washington Bullets got inspired performances from Bernard King and Harvey Grant, and held on down the stretch to defeat the Golden State Warriors tonight, 104-98, at Oakland Coliseum.

King scored 25 of his game-high 31 points in the second half, after missing nine of 12 first-half shots, and had 10 rebounds. Grant had a career-high 27 points and nine rebounds.

"I couldn't miss any more shots than I had missed in the first half," King said. "What I always do is, if I have a poor shooting half, I look at the second half as a new game, as the beginning of the game. It's a chance to redeem myself."

Rookie guard A. J. English, playing ahead of Ledell Eackles, tied his career-high with 19 points, including two free throws with 11.1 seconds left that sealed Washington's first road victory in a month.

The Bullets are now 2-8 on the road after the second game of a five-game western trip.

Washington (6-11) took the lead early in the fourth quarter and withstood several charges from the Warriors (11-7), who got 21 points from Mitch Richmond and 16 from Tim Hardaway.

After the game was tied at 90 with 5:54 remaining, the Bullets scored seven of the next nine points, with King's free throw with 2:31 left giving Washington a 97-92 lead.

Grant hit a key foul-line jump shot with 58 seconds left to keep the Bullets' lead at 100-96, and after Richmond made two free throws with 30 seconds left, English made two. He was fouled after grabbing a loose ball as Golden State double-teamed King and slapped it away from him.

"I was watching B {King} the whole time," English said. "We knew that he would get double-teamed. We had planned to hurry it up and get it to Harvey, but I was so close I could just grab it."

Grant's previous career high was also in this building, against Golden State last season. Tonight he was 11 of 17 from the floor in 40 minutes.

"I guess it was our night," Grant said. "It's a great feeling to win one of these close ones. We've been losing close games all season. To win one close one the road makes it even greater."

Both teams suffered through particularily ugly basketball in the first quarter. Washington missed 10 of its first 13 shots, Golden State six of its first nine. The teams combined for 10 turnovers in the first 4:56. King was one of nine from the floor in the quarter as the Warriors took a 20-17 lead.

The pace picked up, if only slightly, at the start of the second.

English got the call ahead of Eackles off Washington's bench and quickly scored twice. Six straight points for the Bullets, the last on an English leaner midway through the quarter, tied the game at 35.

Pervis Ellison also played well off the bench, with four points and four rebounds in the quarter. He tied the game at 35 on a dunk off a pass from Haywoode Workman, but from there the Warriors went on a 13-0 run.

Chris Mullin's pullup jumper and Rod Higgins's transition layin with two minutes left in the half gave Golden State its biggest lead at 48-35.

But Washington responded with the last seven points of the half. English scored his 11th point of the half on a free throw with 14 seconds left, and despite making only 18 of 46 shots from the floor in the half, the Bullets went into intermission trailing by only 48-42.

King had 13 points in the third period as Washington cut the deficit to 75-72 entering the fourth quarter. His hot hand continued as he scored the first seven Bullets points of the period, including a three-point play with 10:42 left that gave Washington its first lead since early in the first quarter, 77-75.

Then the intensity level picked up as English and Hardaway briefly squared off. The Bullets moved their lead to four points on Mark Alarie's layin with 8 1/2 minutes left.

But the Warriors stayed close, then pulled at even at 90 on consecutive three-point plays, the second by Hardaway with 5:54 remaining.

Grant put Washington back in front with a right-side drive. King gave the Bullets a 94-90 lead with 4:37 to go.