Bobcats try to end 10-game slide with visit to Washington
=== Bobcats try to end 10-game slide with visit to Washington ===
(Sports Network) – The injury-ravaged Charlotte Bobcats hope to avoid their
worst losing streak in team history this evening when they visit the
Washington Wizards at the MCI Center.
Charlotte matched a franchise-record on Friday, as it dropped its 10th
straight game with a 91-85 setback at the hands of the Miami Heat. The skid
matched the mark set from last January 7-27 and March 2-19.
Matt Carroll led the Bobcats with 20 points off the bench and Primoz Brezec
recorded a double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
Melvin Ely contributed 15 points and eight boards, while Raymond Felton
tallied 15 points and dished out a career-high 11 assists in Charlotte’s 14th
loss over its last 15 games.
To make matters worse, guard Brevin Knight missed the second half with a
concussion. The Bobcats are already without starters Emeka Okafor (ankle),
Gerald Wallace (knee) and Kareem Rush (finger), as well as Sean May (knee) and
Keith Bogans (knee).
Knight will be a game-time decision this evening.
Charlotte, which will return home for six games after tonight’s tilt, has
dropped nine straight games on the road and is a dismal 4-20 away from home
Washington, meanwhile, comes in on a sour note after falling to the CHicago
Bulls, 90-79, on Friday at the United Center. Gilbert Arenas dropped in 23
points while Antawn Jamison netted 21 points and hauled down 10 boards for
Washington, which was held to a season low in points and has lost three of its
last five on the heels of a four-game winning streak.
The Wizards trailed by 10 entering the final stanza but rallied to pull within
two, 71-69, on a Jamison hook shot with 5:37 remaining in the game.
Luol Deng and Ben Gordon responded with back-to-back lay-ins, however, to push
the Bulls’ lead back up to six.
Chicago continued to build a cushion down the stretch and went ahead by nine,
80-71, with under three minutes to play as Darius Songaila took a bounce pass
from Gordon and sank a one-handed teardrop in the lane.
The Wizards fought back again and Jamison’s jumper with two minutes left on
the clock cut the deficit to four, but Gordon quickly answered with a trey on
the other end to help seal the win. It was the Bulls’ first three-pointer
since the opening quarter.
Washington, which will close a brief two-game homestand against Indiana on
Tuesday, is 11-9 in its building this season.
Charlotte defeated the Wizards earlier in the year, but lost all four matchups
with the Wiz last season.