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Tuesday, December 7th (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (4-11) at Sacramento Kings (12-5), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings attempt to win their fifth straight game, as they welcome rookie Emeka Okafor and the expansion Charlotte Bobcats to ARCO Arena tonight.

Tonight marks the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Sacramento and the Bobcats will play one more time during the regular season, as Charlotte is scheduled to host the Kings on March 1, 2005.

The Kings improved to 12-5 on the season, as they rebounded from a terrible first quarter and defeated the Boston Celtics, 119-105, on Sunday at ARCO Arena. Sacramento got a big game from its frontcourt in the victory over the Celtics.

Center Brad Miller finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, while forwards Peja Stojakovic scored a game-high 27 points and Chris Webber netted 18 and pulled down 10 boards in the victory.

After getting outscored 36-18 in the first 12 minutes of the contest, Sacramento re-grouped and trimmed Boston's advantage to eight at the half, 63-55. The Kings came out of the locker room and blitzed the Celtics, outscoring them 38-17 in the third stanza to take a 13-point lead into the fourth quarter.

Sacramento's starting point guard Mike Bibby played a team-high 39 minutes and registered 15 points to go along with a game-high 10 assists, while forward Darius Songaila came off the bench and contributed 14 points and seven rebounds in 19 minutes of action.

Miller has registered consecutive double-doubles and is averaging 15.4 points and 8.3 rebounds this season.

The Kings are an impressive 8-1 as the host this season.

Charlotte plays the second of a four-game road trip tonight. On Monday, the Bobcats fell in double overtime to the Los Angeles Clippers, 99-93, at the Staples Center.

Jason Kapono and Primoz Brezec netted 14 points in Monday's loss for the Bobcats, who have lost three of their last five. Brezec grabbed eight rebounds, while Okafor registered a doubled-double with 12 points and 15 boards.

Okafor has recorded seven straight double-doubles. He is averaging 18.4 points and 13 rebounds in that span.

The Bobcats are 0-7 on the road this season.

12/07 10:05:58 ET


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