A. J. English has been seeing limited playing time for the Washington Bullets, to the point that neither he nor anyone in the organization noticed that the name on his new jersey was spelled ENGILSH.

But if the name was botched and his defense was erratic, English had no problem putting the ball in the basket last night. His 10 fourth-quarter points were a major reason the weary Bullets rallied to defeat the Miami Heat, 105-101, before a Capital Centre season-low 6,101.

Twice Coach Wes Unseld sent Haywoode Workman to the scorer's table after English was beaten for baskets by Miami's Bimbo Coles. But each time English banged in a basket at the other end and Unseld waved Workman back.

"I saw Haywoode from the corner of my eye and every time I saw him up, I'd score one or get a rebound and he'd sit down," English said. "I wanted to get out there and help, contribute to winning. We had a three-game losing streak and we wanted to get back on the winning track."

Miami, which has now lost five in a row, had the same idea. The Heat made 43 of its first 82 shots and led by 95-89 with 4:23 remaining. Thereafter, though, the Heat missed eight straight shots before Grant Long sank a belated three-pointer with 13.3 seconds on the clock.

"I thought we had a couple of good shots which we didn't take," said Miami Coach Ron Rothstein. "But when it was tied, we panicked and rushed our shots."

Two free throws by Harvey Grant pulled the Bullets even at 98 with 2:02 left. Then Miami's Sherman Douglas was short on a jump shot and English raced down to take a Bernard King feed for the fast-break basket that put Washington ahead to stay.

Miami's Glen Rice was off target with a long one and English, fouled by Douglas, opened a four-point gap with 1:16 remaining.

King, the game's high scorer with 26 points after being named an all-star earlier in the day, and Darrell Walker each made one of two free throws after Miami misses to give the Bullets a 104-98 advantage.

Long's three-pointer made it close, but the Bullets were able to play keepaway until only 2.7 seconds remained and Pervis Ellison made one of two free throws to ice it before Miami's Kevin Edwards missed a long shot at the buzzer.

Ellison, another reserve who contributed, pulled down six rebounds in the fourth quarter for a total of 12 and had 13 points, eight in the fourth quarter.

"I just wanted to rebound the ball and play good defense," Ellison said. "They made some tough shots. We gave them a lot of easy shots, but when it came down the stretch, we tried to limit the easy ones."

"Ellison played very well," Rothstein said. "He was a big factor in the game. He rebounded, he blocked shots, he even scored too."

The Bullets had gotten only 52 points from their bench in losing successively to Indiana, Dallas and Detroit. At one stage last night, the substitutes were shooting only three of 19, but they made seven of their last nine and ended with 27 points.

"We got help off the bench in the form of A. J. and Pervis, and that's why we won," Unseld said. "If we'd gotten that kind of help against Indiana, Dallas and Detroit, we would have won those games.

"I think we were tired tonight. I didn't know Harvey Grant {24 points} played 41 minutes. I was making a conscious effort to reduce his playing time and Bernard's. Harvey wasn't feeling well -- a touch of flu, a touch of January."

Rice and Long led Miami with 20 points each; Alec Kessler had 10 points and 15 rebounds. Kessler played 40 minutes because Rony Seikaly, making his first appearance since spraining a knee Dec. 27, was mostly ineffective.

"Rony was tentative and he struggled," Rothstein said. "He has a ways to go with his confidence and he doesn't have his timing back."

Bullets Notes: The Bullets drew barely more than half their average attendance of 11,465, which ranks 24th in the 27-team league.

It was revealed last week, in District Judge Hubert Will's decision in Chicago television station WGN's lawsuit against the NBA, that the Bullets ranked last in revenue last season, grossing only $11.9 million. That was half the average of the 25 teams other than the Los Angeles Lakers, who were in a class by themselves with $42.8 million.