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Wednesday, November 5th (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (1-2) at New York Knicks (1-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown will guide the Charlotte Bobcats into hostile territory this evening, when they take on the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Brown will be on the floor in his first game against the Knicks since leaving the team following the 2005 campaign amid controversy with disgruntled guard Stephon Marbury and MSG chairman James Dolan. Brown, who was hired by the Knicks after helping Detroit to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances and one championship. New York went 23-59 in Brown's only season.

Charlotte is the ninth NBA team Brown has been head coach for and is 1-2 on the season following Monday's 101-83 loss versus the Detroit Pistons. Shannon Brown had a team-high 16 points and Gerald Wallace notched a double-double with 15 points and 12 boards for the Bobcats, who were coming off a 100-87 victory over the Miami Heat in their home opener on Saturday.

The Bobcats will open a six-game homestand after tonight's game in the Big Apple. In injury news for Charlotte, guard Raymond Felton (hamstring) is questionable and center Emeka Okafor (shoulder) is probable for Wednesday's game against New York.

Meanwhile, the Knicks have lost two in a row after winning its season opener versus Miami. They lost to Philadelphia on October 31, then suffered a 94-86 defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.

Quentin Richardson scored 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds for New York. Zach Randolph chipped in 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds in defeat. Marbury, expected to be out of New York in the near future, was once again kept on the sidelines in dress clothes.

New York won two of three meetings with Charlotte last season, but the Bobcats are 6-4 over the previous 10 matchups in the series.

Charlotte has lost two in a row at Madison Square Garden.

11/05 10:23:09 ET

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