Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Starks Gets 42, but Bullets Edge Knicks Gugliotta, Maclean Lift Washington to 103-102 Triumph at Kiel Center

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Starks Gets 42, but Bullets Edge Knicks Gugliotta, Maclean Lift Washington to 103-102 Triumph at Kiel Center

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Tom Gugliotta scored 23 points and Don MacLean added 20 Friday night to lead the Washington Bullets to a 103-102 National Basketball Association exhibition victory over the New York Knicks at Kiel Center.

John Starks scored 42 points, including 10 3-pointers, for the Knicks (5-3).

Washington (2-5), which led 74-70 after three quarters, took a 98-92 lead on a 3-pointer by Rex Chapman with 2:30 to play. Starks' 3-pointer at the final buzzer accounted for the final margin. He finished 10-for-18 from 3-point range.

Gugliotta, MacLean and Gheorghe Muresan each had 10 rebounds for the Bullets, who outrebounded the Knicks 55-39.

Hubert Davis was the only other Knick to score in double figures with 11 points. The game was a homecoming for St. Louis native Anthony Bonner, who started and had four points and nine rebounds in 37 minutes.

New York center Patrick Ewing, recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, did not suit up for the game.

Both teams begin their regular season next Friday night. The Knicks play host to the Boston Celtics and the Bullets will open at home against the Orlando Magic.

Duckworth Center Of Attention

Ask Washington Bullets center Kevin Duckworth about last season, and notice the blank look. Not a surprising reaction after a dismal season in which he felt he was wrongly used and underappreciated - which may have stemmed from his being overweight and underproductive.

"When I was back home in Portland early in the summer and thought about the season," said Duckworth, a former Eastern Illinois University standout. "I really didn't want to come back."

And some Bullets fans probably didn't want Duckworth back, not after perhaps his worst season as a professional, when he averaged 6.6 points and 4.7 rebounds a game. His 41.7 percent shooting from the field was a low for his eight-year career, and his perceived lack of effort on the court made him a target for disgruntled fans. …

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