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Friday, December 19th (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (8-18) at Memphis Grizzlies (9-16), 8:00 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Charlotte Bobcats aim to build on their first win in two weeks Friday when they arrive in Memphis to take on the Grizzlies.

Rookie D.J. Augustin came off the bench to go 13-for-13 from the free throw line, including some clutch hits late in overtime, as the Bobcats outlasted the Chicago Bulls, 110-101, to end a seven-game slide on Tuesday.

Augustin finished with a career-high 29 points and seven assists for the Bobcats, who hadn't won since a 103-97 triumph against Oklahoma City on December 3. Emeka Okafor added 20 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, while Raymond Felton chipped in 21 points, seven helpers and six boards in the win.

The Grizzlies, meanwhile, lost for the first time in five games Tuesday when New Orleans' Chris Paul had 18 points and nine assists to lead the Hornets to a 91-84 win that snapped Memphis' season-high streak at FedEx Forum.

Paul also logged five steals and matched the NBA record for consecutive games with at least one swipe. San Antonio's Alvin Robertson set the mark at 105 games between November 1985 and December 1986.

Rudy Gay notched a game-high 28 points while O.J.Mayo netted 20 for Memphis, which is now 2-1 on a five-game homestand. The Grizzlies, who are 7-6 as the host this season, will finish their residency against the LA Lakers.

Charlotte, which is a dismal 1-9 as the visitor this season, had dropped seven of its eight all-time meetings with the Grizz.

12/19 10:46:27 ET

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