BALTIMORE, DEC. 26 -- The Washington Bullets and Philadelphia 76ers went down the stretch and into overtime for the second time this season. The 76ers won, 106-105, in front of 12,006 at Baltimore Arena tonight.

Hersey Hawkins, the 76ers' offensive complement to Charles Barkley, saved Philadelphia (19-8) both at the end of regulation and in overtime with two great defensive plays.

Barkley and Bernard King, the second- and third-leading scorers in the league, each had 35 points in a wonderful shootout. Hawkins added 26 points, Washington's Harvey Grant 18. And the Bullets' Darrell Walker fell two points short of a triple-double, with 11 rebounds and 12 assists.

The Bullets had Grant cover Barkley in the fourth quarter and overtime, instead of Charles Jones. And Jones remained on the bench while Pervis Ellison (nine points, 13 rebounds) stayed on the floor in the closing moments.

It all added up to a tough loss that ended Washington's three-game winning streak and five-game home winning streak. And the Bullets (10-16) have little time before turning around in a rare occurrence to play the Seattle SuperSonics Thursday night.

"He did a good job," Barkley said of Grant. "A really good job. {But} I did everything I wanted to do. We got some good open shots out of it. As long as we win, that's all I'm concerned about."

Washington had chances to pull this one out at the end of regulation and overtime, but missed. And King had the signature finish to this one when his squared, on-line, 28-foot three-pointer at the overtime buzzer hit the back of the rim.

"We played hard," Bullets Coach Wes Unseld said. "It was just one of those games. . . . We gambled and tried to play different things."

Hawkins's first defensive gem was a great individual effort, coming after Grant blocked Barkley's shot in the lane with 15 seconds left in regulation and the score tied at 100. The Bullets decided not to call time out and pushed the ball up the floor.

Walker wound up with a clear path to the basket on the left side. But out of nowhere, Hawkins came over to block the shot, and the game went into overtime after each team missed last-second tries.

Said Walker: "I thought I had a layup, because Harvey had somebody pinned. That was a great defensive play on his part. You've got to give him credit. We got the ball in the middle. I dribbled to the corner, reversed, and the lane was wide open. I thought I would get a chance to get fouled or get a layup."

"You just pick up whoever's open," Hawkins said.

Philadelphia went up by three at 106-103 with two minutes left in overtime on veteran point guard Rickey Green's jumper. Neither team scored for a minute and a half, before Ledell Eackles went the length of the floor for a layin with 34 seconds left to cut the 76ers' lead to 106-105.

Incredibly, Green then stepped out of bounds taking the inbounds pass, and Washington had a chance to win. Unseld decided to let Eackles handle the ball instead of going to starting point guard Haywoode Workman, who sat on the bench for the fourth quarter and overtime.

"I wanted Ledell in there as a threat," Unseld said. "I also wanted size for the entry pass. Haywoode has a little bit of trouble with that."

76ers forward Ron Anderson overplayed King down low on the left side, leaving almost no room for a normal entry pass. But Eackles tried to force it and Hawkins came up with an easy steal. He passed to Anderson, who was fouled with 3.5 seconds left.

"Ledell just made a bad pass," Walker said. "He wasn't trying to."

Said Hawkins: "I knew Ledell was tired {he played 30 minutes, the most since being activated Nov. 27} and wouldn't shoot, so I positioned myself for the steal and went up and got it."

But Anderson missed both foul shots, and Walker grabbed the rebound with 3.2 seconds to play. Off the inbounds pass, King got a good look at the long-distance shot, but it had too much on it and the 76ers -- who continue to win after losing one of their key players, point guard Johnny Dawkins, to a knee injury -- escaped with another close victory, one of many they have had this season.