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Bullets Win Third Straight in Triumph over Lakers

Dec. 4, 1963 - The Bullets limited the Los Angeles Lakers to one field goal in their first 17 attempts tonight at the Baltimore Civic Center and went on to post a 118-98 victory. It was the Bullets’ third straight triumph. A devastating second-half performance by Walt Bellamy (pictured), Baltimore’s center, sparked the Bullets to their third straight victory. Bellamy scored 24 of his 48 points in the last period after the Lakers had pulled ahead, 75-72. He connected on 20 of 31 shots from the floor and also hauled down 29 rebounds. Los Angeles, leading the Western Division of the NBA, was paced by Jerry West with 29 points. Elgin Baylor had one of his worst shooting nights, scoring only 10 points. Baltimore led 40-20 midway through the second quarter, but Los Angeles cut its deficit to 49-38 by halftime and pulled even at 61-61 midway through the third quarter. With the score tied 78-78 soon after the final quarter started, Bellamy scored 10 of Baltimore’s next 15 points in less than 4 minutes for a commanding 93-82 lead. The Bullets never looked back.


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