Wednesday , Dec , 07 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bobcats happy to be back in Charlotte

(Sports Network) – A return trip home might be just what the doctor ordered
for the Charlotte Bobcats.

After a dismal 0-4 road trip, the Bobcats return home tonight to face the New
Jersey Nets. Charlotte, though, has dropped all four of its matchups with the

On Sunday, Kobe Bryant hit two free throws with seven seconds remaining and
finished with 29 points overall to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the
Bobcats, 99-98, at the Staples Center.

Brevin Knight had 17 points and eight assists in the loss for Charlotte, but
missed two critical free throws in the waning moments that allowed the Lakers
to take the lead.

Melvin Ely poured in 20 points on 10- of-13 shooting for the Bobcats, who have
dropped seven of their last nine overall and fell to a dismal 1-10 on the road
this season. Bernard Robinson chipped in 13 points in the loss.

On the injury front center Jake Voskuhl (ankle) and guard Kareem Rush (finger)
are expected to miss Wednesday’s game against New Jersey.

The Bobcats, who have won three in a row at home, are 4-3 in their building
this season. After tonight’s contest Charlotte will head to Philadelphia
before hosting Toronto and Denver.