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Saturday, January 26th (All times eastern)

Philadelphia 76ers (16-28) at Charlotte Bobcats (17-26), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Charlotte Bobcats take aim at recording back-to-back victories when they return home this evening to battle the struggling Philadelphia 76ers.

Charlotte put an end to a brief two-game slide with Friday's 90-77 triumph over host Chicago at the United Center. Emeka Okafor and Gerald Wallace each netted 21 points to pace the Bobcats, with Okafor adding 16 rebounds on the evening.

Matt Carroll had 12 points to help Charlotte win in the Windy City for only the second time in its last eight visits. Nazr Mohammed and Jason Richardson both contributed 11 points for the Bobcats.

The reeling Sixers continued their January swoon with last night's 89-81 setback to division-rival New York at Madison Square Garden. The loss was Philadelphia's third in a row and 11th in 13 tests since the start of the calendar year.

Andre Iguodala scored a game-high 24 points for the Sixers, but Philadelphia registered only 35 as a team during the second half.

A trip to Charlotte may not bode well for the 76ers' chances to break out of their recent funk. The club has dropped its last four outings at Bobcats Arena and has emerged victories in just one of five lifetime games as the visitor in this series.

Philadelphia did easily handle the Bobcats in the only meeting between these teams this season, however. That came on November 7 at the Wachovia Center, where the Sixers routed Charlotte by a 94-63 count.

The Bobcats posted season lows for points and field goal percentage (30.7 percent) in that game and committed 29 turnovers. Charlotte also misfired on all 13 of its three-point attempts during the contest.

Charlotte brings a 14-13 overall home record into tonight's tilt but has lost its last two as the host. Following the game, the Bobcats will embark on a five-game swing out west that begins Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The 76ers are 8-15 on the road and have been defeated in seven of their eight most recent matchups away from home.

01/26 10:35:43 ET

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