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Wednesday, December 28th (All times eastern)

Chicago Bulls (12-15) at Charlotte Bobcats (9-19), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Bulls try to put the brakes on a season-worst four-game losing streak tonight, as they visit the Bobcats at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

This is the third of four meetings this season between the clubs. The teams split a pair of contests at the United Center. The Bobcats will host Chicago once again on March 31, 2006.

Chicago has won five of the six all-time contests with the Bobcats.

The Bulls play the finale of a three-game road trip. On Monday, LeBron James poured in 32 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out six assists as the Cleveland Cavaliers downed Chicago, 102-91, at Quicken Loans Arena.

Chris Duhon had 15 points and eight assists, while Andres Nocioni and Tyson Chandler also netted 15 points in the loss to Cleveland for the Bulls, who have dropped five of their last six overall. Kirk Hinrich finished with 14 points and eight assists and Mike Sweetney ended with 14 points and seven boards in defeat.

Chicago, which returns home for three games after tonight's contest, is 7-8 on the road this season. The Bulls have lost three in a row as the visitor. They will host Phoenix, Milwaukee and Seattle on the upcoming homestand.

Charlotte plays the first of a brief two-game homestand. On Tuesday, Brevin Knight contributed 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists, as the Bobcats defeated the Atlanta Hawks, 93-90, at Philips Arena. Knight scored 18 of his points in the first half, but Keith Bogans and Bernard Robinson picked up the slack during the fourth period. Bogans scored 10 of his 13 points in the fourth period and Robinson contributed 13 points and made several big shots in the fourth for Charlotte.

Rookie Raymond Felton scored 12 points and Gerald Wallace added 11 points and seven rebounds in the win over Atlanta for the Bobcats, who have won three of their last four games.

On the injury front for Charlotte, guard Kareem Rush (finger) and forward Sean May (knee) are questionable for tonight's game, while forward Emeka Okafor (ankle) is expected to miss the contest.

Okafor, who is the reigning Rookie of the Year, has missed three straight games with the ankle injury. He is averaging 12.9 points and a team-best 10.1 rebounds per contest.

The Bobcats are 5-8 as the host this season. They have dropped five of their last six at home.

Charlotte is scheduled to host reigning MVP Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns on Friday. It will be the first of two meetings between the clubs, as the Suns will host the Bobcats on February 25, 2006 at America West Arena.

12/28 14:33:54 ET


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