NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, December 21st (All times eastern)
New Jersey Nets (7-16) at Charlotte Bobcats (6-14), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Charlotte Bobcats will try to put together their first- ever three-game win streak this evening, when they tangle with the New Jersey Nets at Charlotte Arena.
Charlotte has registered back-to-back overtime victories, including a narrow 101-100 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday night. Emeka Okafor posted his 12th straight double-double with 23 points and 17 rebounds, and the Bobcats scored all seven of their overtime points from the foul line on the way to the win.
All of Okafor's 12 consecutive double-doubles have been in points and rebounds. His dunk with three seconds remaining in regulation tied the game.
Keith Bogans added 19 points for Charlotte, and Gerald Wallace had 15 in the contest. Primoz Brezec tacked on 11 points in the game.
All six of the Bobcats' wins this season have come at home. They beat New Orleans 94-93 in overtime on Tuesday to snap a four-game losing streak.
Charlotte, which is in the final contest of a three-game homestand, owns a 6-4 road mark. The Bobcats have won five consecutive contests in their own gym.
New Jersey, which will still be without newly acquired Vince Carter tonight due an Achilles tendon injury, has dropped three straight to fall to 7-16 for the season. The Nets dropped a 110-99 decision to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon.
Richard Jefferson scored a season-high 38 points for the Nets, who suffered their third straight loss. Nenad Krstic posted 15 points in the loss, while Jason Collins, Rodney Buford, Jason Kidd and Jacque Vaughn added 10 points apiece.
Both teams were shorthanded two days after completing a blockbuster trade. New Jersey acquired All-Star Carter in exchange for center Alonzo Mourning, forward Eric Williams, center/forward Aaron Williams and two conditional first-round draft picks.
The Nets hit 52.2 percent from the field in the loss, while managing just 7- of-21 from three-point range. New Jersey hit 20-of-29 from the free throw line.
New Jersey won the first-ever meeting between these teams on November 30, 99-86, at Continental Airlines Arena. The Nets are only 2-9 on the road this season though.
12/21 10:12:03 ET