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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.

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.
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).

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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