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NBA Roundup : Bullets Gain Ground on 76ers

January 26, 1988|DAN HAFNER

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.

Utah 119, Cleveland 96--Rickey Green sank a three-point shot at the buzzer ending the third quarter at Salt Lake City to give the Jazz an overwhelming 92-67 lead. It was also the five-millionth point scored in the National Basketball Assn.

Utah led by one at halftime, then outscored the Cavaliers, 29-7, in 9 1/2 minutes.

Milwaukee 108, Golden State 105--Paul Pressey scored on a driving layup with 26 seconds left at Oakland to put the Bucks in front, then made a key rebound a few seconds later.

The Warriors, again without injured Ralph Sampson, built a 19-point lead in the second quarter.

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