Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bullets Keep 76ers on Skids `Terrible' Chapman Reveals Good Side

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Bullets Keep 76ers on Skids `Terrible' Chapman Reveals Good Side

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Rex Chapman couldn't wait to get onto the basketball court Friday.

Coming off a miserable performance two nights earlier, Chapman scored 20 points as the Washington Bullets extended Philadelphia's losing streak to four with a 105-93 victory.

Chapman made eight of 14 shots and all four of his free throws. It was a stark contrast to his previous effort, when he missed seven of seven shots from the field Wednesday night against New York and was held scoreless.

"I was terrible. I wanted to come back and have a good game because I just didn't play well against the Knicks," Chapman said. "Most of all, I wanted to play hard."

Tom Gugliotta had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Bullets, who never trailed in the second half en route to their first home win in three tries.

Jeff Hornacek scored 24 points for the 76ers, who have not won since beating the Bullets in the season opener. Clarence Weatherspoon had 18 points, and rookie Shawn Bradley scored a season-high 14 on four-of-nine shooting.

***** Mavericks 115, Timberwolves 99

MINNEAPOLIS - Rookie Jamal Mashburn scored 36 points, giving rookie coach Quinn Buckner his first victory and helping Dallas beat winless Minnesota.

By winning for the first time in four games, the Mavericks avoided theirworst start in franchise history. Dallas lost its first 29 road games last year, when its 11-71 overall record was the National Basketball Association's poorest.

Jim Jackson added 18 points for the Mavericks, who committed only six turnovers to 21 by the Timberwolves.

Christian Laettner scored 26 points and Doug West 23 for Minnesota (0-5), the league's only winless team. The Timberwolves have lost 16 of 17 games dating back to the end of last season.

***** Heat 115, Magic 100

ORLANDO, Fla. - Glen Rice hit his first six shots of the third quarter, and Miami held Orlando's Shaquille O'Neal to three fourth-quarter points.

The Heat trailed 70-58 with nine minutes left in the third quarter, but outscored Orlando 57-30 after that, with Rice and Steve Smith leading the way offensively, and Rony Seikaly and John Salley double-teaming O'Neal on defense. …

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