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Bullets and Spurs Tangle In A One-Sided Shootout
17 March 1997. Washington Bullets 109, San Antonio Spurs 85 (record: 31-34)
Game leaders: Webber (24 points), Webber (9 rebounds), Strickland (15 assists)
In previous years, the one-sided shootouts could always be assumed to belong to the Spurs. Not this year. The Spurs played the Bullets with none of their scheduled starters at the beginning of the season: David Robinson, Charles Smith, Sean Elliot, Avery Johnson, and Vinnie Del Negro. Instead, their starters consisted of: Cadillac Anderson, Carl Herrera, Dominique Wilkins, Cory Alexander, and Monty Williams.
Oh my. No wonder they struggle so much.
No Changes Planned Contrary to persistent rumors and opinions (including yours truly), general manager Wes Unseld said yesterday that Wes as GM and Bernie Bickerstaff as coach of the Bullets/Wizards is the plan for the future.
The Bullets had 6 players in double figures (Webber, Howard, Muresan, Strickland, Murray and Whitney) and just ran by the Spurs. The Bullets shot a season-high 59.7% from the field, and also recorded their largest margin of victory this season (24 points).
But the Spurs made it interesting before halftime. They were only down 5 points at halftime, largely because they hit 7 of 8 3-pointers in the half. But to start the third quarter, the Bullets scored on their first 10 possessions and built a 75-54 lead that was theirs for good.
For you Virginia hoops fans, Cory Alexander played well for the injured Avery Johnson, getting 24 points on 9 of 17 shooting (6 of 9 from 3-point range) and 10 assists. There wasn't much help from the rest of the team. So, the Bullets have taken game one of the Texas triangle. Next up: a resurgent Dallas team.
wtf 18 March 1997
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