LOS ANGELES, DEC. 7 -- It may have been the effects of seven games in 10 days in six cities in four time zones. More likely, it was the reality for the Washington Bullets that even teams as dreadful as the Sacramento Kings can push them around in the low post.

The Bullets came here for a weekend of recuperation following Thursday's blowout loss in Sacramento. They don't play the Lakers until Sunday night, and the two days off will be their first real break since their first game with Golden State Nov. 27.

It ruined Pervis Ellison's "homecoming," if you will. In making his first return to Sacramento since being traded in the offseason, Ellison was roundly booed by the sellout crowd. He played just nine minutes.

"It's not like I've been there all my life," Ellison said. "I was looking forward to going back. I did think about playing there again but a year isn't a long time. I can remember the last game I played here. I got a standing ovation. But it was totally different the last time around."

Ellison still hasn't sold his house there. He went by the place Thursday morning.

"It's a business," he said. "The {housing} market's kind of slow right now. We have kind of a crazy ad {in the housing listings}. It says 'A home fit for a King.' Then the {word} 'King' is crossed out. And it says, 'Excuse me, Bullet.' "

But enough hilarity. Back to the solemn 104-86 drubbing Thursday, Washington's second loss to Sacramento in two weeks. It's not even that 67 percent of the Kings' victories this season have come at the hands of the Bullets. It was how Sacramento had its way.

The Kings made a living down low. Either forward Wayman Tisdale would muscle in for a basket in the lane, or Washington's double-team rotation would break down. That's when Travis Mays would throw in a three-pointer or Rory Sparrow -- who hasn't shot better than .452 since 1986 -- would hit a jumper.

"That's just the way this team is," guard Darrell Walker said. "We played so well {against Golden State Wednesday}. I was hoping we could come back and play at the same level, but we just never got into it."

Washington hadn't had that kind of problem with its double-teaming this season. It was a reminder of last season's slow-rotating defense, which teams would burn all night.

"It's a hell of a thing to have to double every night," Bullets Coach Wes Unseld said. "When you can't defend the post you're giving away that shot. Sometimes the guy is late. We've got to double in the post. We don't have the post people."

Thursday, Washington didn't rotate. When they double-team, that leaves the guard open, unless someone else comes over to help. But the Kings threw in a new wrinkle, sending the guard without the ball cutting to the basket. That meant his defender -- usually Haywoode Workman -- had to go with him and couldn't slide over to help out.

"Part of it was me," Workman said. "My man was going to the {post}, coming for the screen. As that was happening, the ball was going in the post and I was supposed to rotate. I kind of got confused, because normally I'm always at the top {of the key}. They were telling me to rotate but I didn't think it was me."

More disappointingly, the Bullets got pushed around at their own end of the floor. The young Kings kept Washington out of the lane all night, forcing the Bullets to settle for jumpers, which they weren't hitting. Washington didn't get to the free throw line until 4:08 was left in the first half.

By then, Sacramento was well on its way to a 20-7 first-half edge in free throws and a 17-point halftime lead. The Bullets rallied in the third period behind Bernard King's 14 points, but could only get within nine.

Unseld started Ledell Eackles in the second half over Workman, and he responded, scoring 14 points in 21 minutes. Unseld said the move wasn't a slap at Workman.

"I was just hoping we would get something out of Ledell," Unseld said, "hopefully get himself ready for the rest of the haul."