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Friday, December 23rd (All times eastern)

Los Angeles Clippers (15-10) at Charlotte Bobcats (8-18), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Charlotte Bobcats target their season-high third straight win this evening when they welcome the Los Angeles Clippers to Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

On Tuesday, Raymond Felton scored 21 points to lead Charlotte past Chicago, 105-92, at the United Center.

Brevin Knight added 20 points and 10 assists for the Bobcats, who have won three of their last four games. Gerald Wallace contributed 19 points and eight rebounds while Primoz Brezec had 13 points and 10 boards for Charlotte.

The Bobcats won despite playing without reigning Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor, guard Kareem Rush and center Melvin Ely. Okafor is expected to be sidelined the next week and a half, while Rush is shelved with a left index finger.

Ely has sat the last three games with the flu, but returned to practice on Thursday and should be able to return tonight.

Charlotte, which will head to Atlanta on Tuesday, is 5-7 in its arena this season.

The Clippers, meanwhile, come in on a losing note after falling to the Indiana Pacers, 97-75, on Wednesday at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Elton Brand and Chris Kaman each had a double-double in the loss, the Clippers' fifth in their last six games. Brand scored 29 and grabbed 12 rebounds, while Kaman had 13 points and 16 rebounds.

Los Angeles continues to play without forward Cory Maggette, who has missed the last seven games with a foot injury. He was expected to return at some point during his team's three-game road trip, but will likely not come back until after the Christmas break.

The Clippers are 5-8 away from home this season.

Charlotte lost both matchups to the Clippers last season.

12/23 10:19:05 ET


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