Bobcats try to extend franchise-record winning streak vs. Toronto
=== Bobcats try to extend franchise-record winning streak vs. Toronto ===
(Sports Network) – The Charlotte Bobcats hope to extend their franchise-record
winning streak this evening when they conclude a six-game homestand against
the Toronto Raptors.
Charlotte won its third straight game for the first time in team history on
Wednesday, as Melvin Ely paced a balanced attack with 19 points and 10
rebounds to lead Bobcats past Philadelphia 100-92.
Rookie Raymond Felton added 15 points before leaving the game with a sprained
ankle for Charlotte, which had endured a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak
prior to its impressive run of late.
Former Sixer Jumaine Jones recorded a double-double with 14 points and 14
boards, while Brevin Knight had 13 points and dished out 14 assists in the
win. Kareem Rush (13), Primoz Brezec (12) and Bernard Robinson (12) also
reached double figures for Charlotte.
Felton also sprained his big toe in the win and will be a game-time decision
tonight. Ironically, the Bobcats are handing out 5,000 Felton bobbleheads this
Charlotte also made some news off the court on Thursday when it acquired
forward Lonny Baxter from Houston for guard Keith Bogans. It’s uncertain if
Baxter, who averaged 3.6 points and 3.7 rebounds in 23 games for the Rockets,
will play Friday.
The Bobcats, who will visit Milwaukee on Saturday, are 10-15 in their arena
Toronto, meanwhile, comes in on a sour note after falling in overtime to the
Tim Duncan-less San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday at the Air Canada Centre. Mike
James scored 36 points to pace the Raptors, who lost their second straight
Chris Bosh notched 30 points and 14 boards, while Morris Peterson scored 25
points, as Toronto fell for the sixth time in nine contests.
The Raptors, who will host Portland on Sunday, are 8-16 away from home this
Toronto has beaten the Bobcats twice already this season and has won three
straight and four of the last five meetings.