Bullets 109, Pacers 99
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) _ The Washington Bullets beat the Indiana Pacers 109-99 Saturday for their first preseason win but lost star forward Chris Webber in the process.
Webber scored eight first-quarter points to get the Bullets out to a 24-13 lead, then left the game with 2:04 remaining in the period with a dislocated left shoulder.
He struggled with the shoulder all last season, then reinjured it in a scuffle with Chicago’s Luc Longley during a 112-87 loss to the Bulls Tuesday.
Doctors worked the shoulder joint back into its socket, but team officials said Saturday they would wait until team doctors examine it Sunday to comment on the extent of the injury.
``I don’t want to play doctor,″ said Bullets coach Jim Lyman. ``A lump goes up in your throat and several other places when you see something like that. I’m not sure how he did it, and I have no idea what the extent of it is.″
Webber didn’t know either.
``I’m not really sure what caused it, if it was contact or if I moved the wrong way,″ he said. ``It’s frustrating.″
Juwan Howard scored 13 second-half points to finish with 19.
Before a sellout crowd of 12,232, Evansville native and former Indiana University standout Calbert Cheaney scored 11 points.
Rik Smits had 20 points and Reggie Miller for the Pacers.
Washington led by as many as 22 points in the third quarter, after taking a 55-39 halftime lead.