Tuesday , Dec , 13 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Slumping Bobcats host Nuggets

(Sports Network) – The Charlotte Bobcats try and halt a seven-game losing
streak this evening when they wrap up a brief two-game homestand against the
Denver Nuggets.

Charlotte’s latest loss came on Saturday, as it dropped a 111-103 decision to
the Toronto Raptors at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Brevin Knight topped six Bobcat players in double figures with 20 points and
dished out 12 assists, but was held scoreless in the fourth quarter. Jumaine
Jones finished with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting in defeat.

Charlotte, which has lost eight of nine, played most of the second half
without star center Emeka Okafor. The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year was
forced out due to a sprained right big toe with 6:11 left in the third

Okafor, whose numbers are down from last year’s sensational season, practiced
with the team on Monday and should be ready to go tonight.

The Bobcats, who play three of their next four in Charlotte, are 4-5 in their
arena this season.

Denver, meanwhile, comes into tonight’s contest on a losing note as well after
falling to the Orlando Magic, 94-83, on Saturday at the TD Waterhouse Centre.
The dynamic Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting for
the Nuggets, who lost for the first time in four games.

Marcus Camby added 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Andre Miller chipped in
with nine points and 10 assists.

Denver was again without star forward Kenyon Martin, who has missed the last
two games with a knee injury. Martin will be a game-time decision, but should
be able to play tonight.

The same might not be said for guard Earl Boykins, who has played in 253
consecutive games. He is nursing a sore hamstring and is questionable for
tonight’s contest.

Denver, which is in the midst of a six-game road trip, is 3-7 away from home
this season.

The Nuggets split their two matchups with the Bobcats last season.