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Bullets fall to Rockets, 93-85

THE BALTIMORE SUN

HOUSTON -- After last night's loss to the Houston Rockets, the only thing the Washington Bullets could be thankful for is that their four-game road trip finally is over.

It started last Thursday with an impressive overtime win over the Dallas Mavericks, but the Bullets lost their third straight last night to the defending champion Rockets, 93-85, at the Summit.

Forward Otis Thorpe scored 27 points and Hakeem Olajuwon added 19 to lead the Rockets. Chris Webber's 22 points, and Gheorghe Muresan's presence on defense were the only bright spots for the Bullets.

Once again the Bullets had to attempt to play from behind, shooting just 33.3 percent from the field and trailing going into the intermission, 47-38.

The Bullets could do little to contain Houston power forward Thorpe, who hit seven of 12 shots and scored 16 points in the first half.

Washington led early, 7-4, after a tip by Webber just more than three minutes into the game.

But Thorpe on the inside, and Kenny Smith sparked a 24-8 Houston run. Smith had eight points during the run and Thorpe 11.

Washington could do little early on the offensive end, shooting just 28 percent from the field in the opening quarter. It was another dismal stretch for Calvert Cheaney, who, one day after just hitting just five of 16 shots against San Antonio, was 0-for-7 from the field in the first quarter, after which the Bullets trailed, 30-19.

It ended a frustrating trip for the Bullets, who started off with a 124-121 win over the Mavericks. But that was followed by a 111-89 loss in Denver, Monday's 122-101 rout in San Antonio and then last night's disappointment in Houston.

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