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Tuesday, January 25th (All times eastern)

Boston Celtics (18-22) at Charlotte Bobcats (8-29), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two teams trying to get back on the winning track go head- to-head this evening, when the expansion Charlotte Bobcats host the Boston Celtics at Charlotte Arena.

The Bobcats have dropped a franchise-high eight straight and 14 of their last 15 contests overall. Charlotte came up short in Toronto on Sunday afternoon, falling 103-92 to the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre.

Primoz Brezec led the Bobcats with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Jason Hart added 14 points and 11 assists. Rookie forward Emeka Okafor tallied 11 rebounds, but just nine points. Jason Kapono netted 12 points for Charlotte, while Kareem Rush posted 11 points in the setback. Keith Bogans added 10 points in the victory.

The Bobcats shot 42 percent in the contest, while allowing Toronto to drain 51 percent of its attempts. The big difference in the game was from three-point range, as the Raptors outscored Toronto, 30-9.

Charlotte point guard Brevin Knight missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle. Knight is doubtful for tonight's contest.

Charlotte (8-29) has fallen to just one game ahead of Atlanta for the worst record in the Eastern Conference. In fact, the Bobcats barely lead New Orleans (7-33) for the worst record in the league.

Charlotte, which has lost four straight and eight of its last nine home tilts, is 7-12 at home this season. The Bobcats have two of their next three contests at home.

Boston is struggling mightily with nine consecutive road losses, as it is just 5-16 in foreign buildings this season. The Celtics have lost their last two contests, including a 100-96 defeat to the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on Sunday.

Boston's nine-game road skid is its longest since an 11-game losing streak from Nov. 6-Dec. 28, 1999.

Tony Allen had 20 points and Paul Pierce had 17 points and eight boards for the Celtics. Raef LaFrentz tallied 15 points and grabbed 11 boards and Ricky Davis had 15 points, as Boston continued its three-game road trip.

Boston hit 50 percent of its shots, but went only 2-of-13 from three-point range and 10- of-17 from the free throw line.

The Celtics fell to 6-15 when scoring less than 100 points this season. Boston struggled with its ball-handling, committing 20 turnovers which led to 22 Hawks points.

Boston won the first-ever meeting between these teams, 91-74, at FleetCenter on Nov. 12. Davis registered 19 points to lead the Celtics to the victory in that contest.

01/25 10:25:23 ET

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