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Tuesday, December 27th (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (8-19) at Atlanta Hawks (7-18), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Hawks try to make it two straight wins this evening when they conclude a brief two-game homestand against the Charlotte Bobcats at Philips Arena.

On Friday, Zaza Pachulia scored a career-high 23 points to upstage a 53-point performance by Allen Iverson, as the Hawks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 111-108. Rookie Salim Stoudamire scored 13 points off the bench and Tyronn Lue tallied 11 for Atlanta, which has won three of its last four games.

Joe Johnson led the Hawks with 24 points, nine rebounds and eight assists and Al Harrington complemented the guard with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists.

Atlanta erased an eight-point deficit, as it opened the final period with a 20-7 run to take a 96-91 lead. Stoudamire had six of the points, including the basket that opened the five-point advantage. Philadelphia responded a few minutes later and took a 105-104 lead on Iverson's jumper with 2:54 left.

Pachulia's two free throws on the next possession, though, gave Atlanta the lead for good at 106-105.

The Hawks, who have won four in a row at home, are 5-6 in their building this season. A win tonight would give them five straight wins at home for the first time since the end of the 2002-03 campaign.

Charlotte, meanwhile, comes in on a losing note after falling to the Los Angeles Clippers, 97-88, on Friday at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Primoz Brezec netted 20 points and Brevin Knight added 19 for the Bobcats, who were denied their first ever three-game winning streak.

Charlotte continues to play without reigning Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor (ankle) and guard Kareem Rush (finger). Rookie forward Sean May is also sidelined with a knee injury.

The Bobcats are 3-11 away from home this season.

Charlotte took three of the four matchups with the Hawks last season, including the last two matchups.

12/27 10:26:33 ET

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