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PISTONS TOP BULLETS, WARRIORS BURY KINGS

The Detroit Pistons are hoping their experience will replace the skills they may have lost over the last couple seasons.

The Washington Bullets came into the Palace on Monday night with a five-game losing streak, but they used their youthful quickness to lead by as many as 15 points en route to a 54-45 halftime lead.But in the second half, the Pistons used their experience, defense and Orlando Woolridge's hot hand to take a 99-89 victory.

"They had the better matchups in the first half," Isiah Thomas said. "They were quicker, but in the second half, we used a halfcourt trap to keep them out of their offense."

While the Piston defense was shutting down the Bullets, Woolridge and John Salley were combining for 18 third-quarter points.

Joe Dumars led Detroit with 24 points, while Woolridge had 19. Dennis Rodman, the NBA's leading rebounder, had 21 boards.

Pervis Ellison's 25 points led all scorers.

Warriors 118, Kings 98

Tim Hardaway scored 29 points, including five 3-pointers, and had 14 assists as Golden State ended a two-year losing streak at Sacramento.

Hardaway scored 10 points, including two 3-pointers, as the Warriors shot 60 percent in the third quarter and expanded a seven-point halftime lead to 87-72 entering the fourth quarter.

Spud Webb scored 25 points and Mitch Richmond 19 for the Kings, who never led after a 21-20 margin with 3:28 left in the first quarter. Lionel Simmons added 17 points and nine rebounds for Sacramento.

The Warriors, who earlier this season defeated Sacramento 153-91 at Oakland, last beat the Kings on the road on Dec. 12, 1989.