Jeff Malone scored 10 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night, including a pair of free throws with one second left that clinched a 114-111 exhibition victory for the Washington Bullets over the Lakers.
The Lakers had led by 8 points at the start of the final period and did not use any of their starters in the last 12 minutes.
Washington, 3-2 in exhibition play, took its first lead of the game on a lay-up by John Williams with 4:05 remaining. Williams, who also had 10 points in the fourth period, added 2 free throws on the Bullets’ next possession, capping an 11-0 run for Washington.
The Bullets led, 110-103, after Malone’s jumper with 1:52 left, but the Lakers trimmed the margin to 110-108 on David Rivers’ free throw a minute later.
After 2 free throws by Bernard King, the Lakers’ Jeff Lamp hit a 3-point shot to cut the margin to a single point.
Rivers had a chance to put the Lakers back in front but missed 2 free throws with 5 seconds remaining. Williams got the rebound and was fouled, but he also missed a pair. Malone controlled the second rebound, was fouled and iced the victory.