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>A Rare Road Victory Yields A Muted Celebration For The Bullets

4 March 1997. Washington Bullets 107, Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers 106 (record: 27-31)
Game leaders: Cheaney (24 points), Webber, Howard (10 rebounds), Strickland (10 assists)

This game wound up being a lot more difficult than it should have been. CWebb only played 22 minutes because of bursitis in his right hip. Jerry Stackhouse and Allen Iverson played well against the Bullets backcourt, combining for 43 points, 16 rebounds, and 18 assists. But all of their heroics, as well as Derrick Coleman's 3-pointer to get within one point, were not enough.

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The final minute was strange. The Bullets were down 103-100 when Strickland penetrated the lane, hit a lay-up, and was fouled. The foul shot tied the game. Then, after a Sixers miss, Cheaney hit his baseline jumper to give them the lead. After a timeout, the Sixers' Rex Walters passed the ball directly to Juwan, who passed to Strickland. Strickland was fouled and made both shots.

The Sixers wouldn't die. Coleman hit his 3-pointer with 6 seconds left, but then the Sixers could never get close to a Bullet to foul them, and the clock ran out. End of story.

The star of the game for the Bullets was probably Calbert Cheaney. He wound up playing a lot of minutes at small forward and responded with a season-high 24 points (on 11 of 19 shooting) in 41 minutes. He scored the basket that put the Bullets ahead for good. Ashraf Amaya also played well, scoring 4 points and grabbing 7 rebounds in 10 minutes of play (with CWebb out hurt).

The last stat I want you to see was the weak defensive rebounding in the game - the Bullets collected 21 offensive rebounds, while the Sixers collected 18 offensive rebounds. Neither team did a good job boxing out on the defensive boards. But, in the end, it was the Bullets chance to celebrate their first road win in 10 tries, dating back to mid-January.

wtf 5 March 1997

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