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Bullets Round Up Mavs, Close On Cavs As Playoff Fever Burns
29 March 1997. Washington Bullets 94, Dallas Mavericks 87 (record: 36-35)
Game leaders: Strickland (21 points), Webber (18 rebounds), Strickland (13 assists)
The plot keeps getting thicker. The Bullets get to the end of April, and they are within 1/2 game of Cleveland for the final playoff spot. Indiana is 1-1/2 games behind the Bullets.
This win didn't come without a fight. The Mavs may only have 22 wins, but they've played the Bullets tough both times this season. The Bullets were down 39-30 in the second quarter, but outscored Dallas 18-6 to lead at halftime. Then, with a 14-point lead late in the third quarter, the Bullets allowed Dallas to tie the game with 6:19 remaining, only to then hold the Mavs to 2 points over the next 5-1/2 minutes.
Bye Bye Baltimore Saturday's game marked the final home game for the Washington Bullets (soon to be Wizards) at Baltimore Arena. The Wizards will play all 41 home games next year at MCI Center.
The Bullets won this game with their activity. They grabbed 22 offensive rebounds and challenged the Mavs inside repeatedly. The Mavs got their share of blocked shots (8), but still wound up losing the game. Michael Finley scored a game-high 25 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Mavs, and Derek Harper had 18 points and 5 assists, but the Mavs generated little else consistently.
The Bullets got all 5 starters in double figures, although Juwan Howard shot only 5 of 15 from the field (though 10 of 11 from the line) for his 20 points. CWebb had 17 points to go with his monstrous 18 rebounds. The bench was thin, only generating 11 points.
wtf 31 March 1997
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