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Bullets Continue To Zing Cavs, Win One On The Road
11 Janaury 1997. Washington Bullets 98, Cleveland Cavaliers 85 (record: 19-15)
Game leaders: Strickland (20 points), Howard (10 rebounds), Webber, Strickland (8 assists)
February 1985. Ronald Reagan had just begun his second term as president. Patrick Ewing wasn't even in the NBA. I wasn't even out of high school. And it was the last time that the Bullets were 4 games over .500 in the win column.
Think about it. Where were you in February 1985? That was almost 12 years ago! A factor as simple as being just 4 games over .500 hasn't happened for the Bullets franchise in that long. I can't even begin to tell you who was on that team at that time (I'm sure some of you might, however).
Legler To Defend 3-Point Title The NBA extended an invitation to Tim Legler to defend his three-point shooting contest title at this year's All-Star weekend. The previous champion gets an automatic invitation. It will be held February 8 in Cleveland.
The actual game really marked the continued sharp play of the backcourt duo of Calbert Cheaney and Rod Strickland. Cheaney shot 8 for 10 tonight (and is 19 of 23 in his last two games) and continues to contribute offensively for the Bullets during this mini-winning streak. His impact cannot be underestimated (just like his impact when he doesn't score - it does hurt the Bullets).
What's up with Cheaney's resurgence. Point guard Rod Strickland says: "Without a doubt, [early] in the season, I think I concentrated on getting into the big fellas a lot. I think we probably forgot about Calbert. He's a part of the offense now and going to continue to be a part."
As for the actual game, the Bullets stormed to a 58-39 lead at halftime. The Bullets saw a 21-point lead eventually whittled down to 9 points, but Rod Strickland helped stem the tide and the Cavs walked away losers yet again. The Bullets have posted 3 of the top 5 scores against the Cavs, who have the best scoring defense in the league. The Bullets definitely seem to have solved the Cavs riddle - the Cavs repeatedly tortured the Bullets last season, but have won only 1 overtime game out of 3 contests against the Bullets this year.
wtf 14 January 1997
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