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Bullets Are Deep Sixered By The Philly Starters
9 March 1997. Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers 99, Washington Bullets 93 (record: 28-33)
Game leaders: Murray (23 points), Muresan (13 rebounds), Strickland (8 assists)
No emotion for this game, and it was a regional broadcast on national TV (NBC). The Bullets came out flat as *insert your own analogy here* and were smoked by Philly's starters. Jerry Stackhouse had 24 points (and played all 48 minutes), while Derrick Colman chipped in with 20 points, Clarence Weatherspoon with 22 points, and Allen Iverson with 19 points.
What really hurt the Bullets were that they turned the ball over 19 times, and allowed the Sixers to collect 19 offensive rebounds and go to the foul line 38 times (compared with only 19 attempts for the Bullets). Give you one guess which was the more aggressive team.
And it's losing games like this that makes the Bullets playoff road that much tougher. They have to beat non-playoff teams - every single one of them - if they want a chance at making the post-season. It sure doesn't seem like they want it that bad, after all.
Other statistical noteables (which didn't add up to a Bullets win): Strickland had 21 points, and Murray also collected 11 rebounds. I've really been impressed with Murray's hustle, especially with CWebb resting his sore back and hip. But he's been doing that for a couple of months, and he's one of the few pure shooters the Bullets have on their roster. He needs more playing time.
wtf 13 March 1997
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