Bullets 116, Pacers 97
BALTIMORE (AP) _ Ledell Eackles scored 13 of his 19 points in the final 16 minutes as the Washington Bullets beat the Indiana Pacers 116-97 Sunday in a fight-marred game in which two players were ejected.
Bernard King led the Bullets with 27 points in 27 minutes, before being ejected, along with Indiana’s Chuck Person.
King and Person were ejected with 4:49 remaining in the third quarter. Person threw King to the floor, then was tackled by Washington’s Darrell Walker and both benches emptied. Person and Walker landed on a child in a front row seat, but the youngster was not injured.
Person was charged with a personal foul and he and King were each assessed technical fouls for fighting.
Washington led 72-70 at the time of the ejections. King, who had been matched against Person much of the game, outscored him 27-9.
Five more technical fouls were called in the game, four after the fight. Washington’s Jeff Malone, who scored 21 points, got a technical early in the third quarter, Indiana’s LaSalle Thompson was called for one in the closing seconds of the third period after fouling Mark Alarie, and Pacers coach Dick Versace got one between the third and fourth periods.
Walker got a technical early in the fourth period when he intervened in a pushing match between Malone and Reggie Miller. With 4:20 left in the game, Rik Smits was called for his sixth personal, and a technical.
Following the King-Person incident, the Bullets went on an 18-5 run to take a 90-75 lead into the fourth quarter. Washington did not make a field goal until Tom Hammonds’ dunk with 7:49 left in the fourth period, but lost only two points off its lead during that drought.
Miller scored 10 points in the fourth quarter for Indiana, finishing with 19. Detlef Schrempf led the Pacers with 21 points.
Miller and Walker renewed their argument on the way into the corridor which leads to both dressing rooms, and coaches Wes Unseld of Washington and Versace had to be separated by security personnel.
″Nothing really happend, just tempers, some words,″ Unseld said.
″Me and Reggie just had a few words,″ said Walker. ″He said, ‘if you want to go, we can go,’ and I said, ‘sounds good to me,’ but nothing happened.″
Versace offered a different version.
″He and Reggie were kind of jawing a little, but it was kind of innocent, then Eackles came over and attacked him. He just ran over and threw a block at him.
″Then Wes came over and threatened me, and I didn’t allow him to do that. The officials came over and asked (Bullets general manager) Bob Ferry, who didn’t see it, what happened, and Ferry lied,″ Versace said. ″He said ’Dick went off, he’s out of control.‴
″What Bob Ferry said was completely out of line, a complete farbrication,″ Versace said. ″He just seized the opportunity to make his team look good, when his guy (Eackles) had no business doing what he did.″
″Eackles attacked him, Wes came over and threatened me, and Ferry lied,″ Versace said. ″He (Unseld) said he wanted to fight me. That’s his answer to everything, but he’s found one guy who’s not afraid of him.″
Ferry claimed he was only asking someone else, ″Has Dick lost it?″ He, in turn, got in a shouting match with Pacers reserve guard Randy Wittman.
The game officials had no comment on the post-game exchanges, and offered little clarification of the King and Person ejections. King departed without speaking to the press.
″No way was I trying to start something,″ Person said. ″I was just trying to tighten up my defense, things got a little riled up, and we both got ejected,″ he said.
″Bernard’s leg got caught under a chair, and I just grabbed Chuck before it went any further,″ Walker said. ″Me and Chuck are friends, I wouldn’t hit him. I just grabbed him so he wouldn’t go after Bernard. I got to him before anything else happened. No punches were thrown.″