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Bullets Down 76ers On National TV
22 November 1996. Washington Bullets 88, Philadelphia 76ers 76 (record: 5-6)
Game leaders: Howard (18 points), Howard (10 rebounds), Howard (6 assists)
One of the advantages of being moderately successful last year is that the Bullets will get a little more exposure on national TV. Not a lot, mind you. They still have to make the playoffs before that happens. But, step by step, they are earning some grudging respect and TV time because of their promise and recent success.
So, with Allen Iverson still not back from a partially separated shoulder (he would return the following night, Saturday), the Bullets took advantage of the hyper-ones absence and steamroll the 76ers. A 20+ point lead in the 3rd quarter eventually shrank in the 4th, but the 76ers could never get the game close enough.
The Bullets got good balance from their starting lineup. Grant started in place of Gheorghe Muresan in this game. However, neither side held onto the ball particularly well (26 TOs for Philly, 23 TOs for the Bullets) and neither side shot too well (37.8% for Philly, 44.4% for the Bullets). But, a win is a win, and right now, that's what the Bullets will take.
wtf 3 December 1996
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