The Washington Bullets overcame a tremendous performance by Charles Barkley Monday night at Landover, Md., and beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 118-117, in overtime.
It was the third time in less than a week that the Bullets prevailed over the 76ers. The Bullets trail the 76ers by only 1 1/2 games in the battle for second in the Atlantic Division.
Barkley scored 14 of the 76ers' last 16 points in regulation. His last basket gave Philadelphia a 105-103 lead with 25 seconds left, but Bernard King tied it with a 10-foot jumper. Barkley finished with 37 points and 15 rebounds.
Moses Malone, who had 26 points, and King scored the decisive points in overtime as the Bullets remained unbeaten at home (7-0) under Coach Wes Unseld.