New Orleans Hornets (6-23) at Charlotte Bobcats (7-22), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Charlotte Bobcats haven't won in over a month, but they
still have more victories than the New Orleans Hornets.
That may not be the case after Saturday night, when the Bobcats play host to
the equally-struggling Hornets.
The Bobcats set an NBA record a season ago by posting the lowest single-season
winning percentage at .106 thanks to a 7-59 record. They lost the final 23
games of the season, but had matched that win total by Nov. 24 of this
That double-overtime victory against the Washington Wizards was the last,
however, for Charlotte, which has dropped 17 in a row and is coming off a
97-81 defeat at the hands of the hosting Brooklyn Nets on Friday night.
The Bobcats shot just 27.8 percent in the first quarter and trailed 33-15
after the frame.
"It's always tough getting off to a slow start and then trying to fight back
the entire night," said Charlotte's Ben Gordon, who had 10 points.
Hakim Warrick paced the Bobcats with 13 points, while Ramon Sessions recorded
Though Charlotte hasn't won since late November, its 7-22 record is slightly
better than New Orleans' mark of 6-23. The Hornets dropped 11 in a row prior
to a victory at Orlando on Wednesday, but fell back into the loss column on
Friday night with a 104-97 overtime setback to the Toronto Raptors.
Ryan Anderson had 17 points and 12 rebounds in the loss, hitting a game-tying
3-pointer with eight seconds left in regulation. Rookie Anthony Davis had 25
points and nine rebounds, while Greivis Vasquez finished just shy of his first
career triple-double with 20 points, 14 assists and nine boards.
"The energy we expended to come back in the fourth may have hurt us in
overtime," said New Orleans coach Monty Williams, whose club fell to 0-3 in OT
games this season. "You have to tip your hat to (the Raptors). They did what
they needed to do in overtime."
Davis, the first overall pick of the most recent draft, had a solid night in a
107-99 win over the visiting Bobcats back on Nov. 9. He had 23 points and 11
rebounds while blocking five shots in New Orleans' fourth victory in its past
five meetings with Charlotte.
Anderson hit five 3-pointers to end with 25 points.
Gordon paced the Bobcats with 34 points and Sessions had 13.
The Hornets have won their past three trips to Charlotte.