Saturday , Dec , 17 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bobcats break out of slump

(Sports Network) – The Charlotte Bobcats ended an eight-game skid on Friday,
but face another test on Saturday as they welcome the NBA’s best team the
Detroit Pistons to town.

Charlotte comes in on a winning note after Brevin Knight scored a season-high
25 points and dished out seven assists to lead the Bobcats past the New Jersey
Nets, 91-83, on Wednesday at Continental Airlines Arena.

Emeka Okafor chipped in 14 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for the Bobcats, who
won for the first time since November 26. Okafor also tied a career-high with
six blocks.

Rookie Raymond Felton continued to struggle, though, as he failed to score in
and missed all three of his shots in eight minutes. Felton has failed to go
over eight points in his last 12 games and has made just 11-of-44 shots in his
last three games.

Charlotte could get a boost tonight with the return of forward Gerald Wallace,
who has missed the last two games because of a sprained right index finger. He
is expected to play.

Center Jake Voskuhl also missed the game with a sprained ankle. He will not
return tonight and is sidelined indefinitely.

The Bobcats, who will close a two-game homestand against Sacramento on Monday,
are just 4-6 in their building this season.

Charlotte won just four season series last season, but surprisingly one of
those came against the Eastern Conference champion Pistons, who lost two of
three to the expansion Bobcats.