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Wednesday, January 30th (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (18-27) at Sacramento Kings (19-24), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Sacramento Kings open a five-game homestand when they host the Charlotte Bobcats tonight at ARCO Arena.

This is the first of two meetings between the clubs this season. The Bobcats are scheduled to host Sacramento on February 22nd at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

The teams have split six meetings overall. The Bobcats are 0-3 at Sacramento.

The Kings return home after going 1-2 on a three-game road trip. Kevin Martin scored 26 points, including a jumper at the buzzer to give Sacramento a thrilling 103-101 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday at KeyArena,

Mike Bibby and Brad Miller ended with 13 points apiece for the Kings, who featured seven players in double figures en route to winning their fourth game in the last six overall.

John Salmons finished with 11 points off the bench in the win for Sacramento, while Mikki Moore and Ron Artest chipped in 10 points apiece.

Sacramento, which has won two in a row at ARCO Arena, is 12-9 at home this season. The Kings will also host New Orleans, Chicago, Seattle and Utah on the current homestand.

Charlotte plays the second of a five-game road trip. Gerald Wallace scored 23 points, grabbed six rebounds and handed out eight assists to lead the Bobcats to a 107-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday at the Staples Center.

Wallace hit on eight of his 11 field-goal attempts, while Jason Richardson added 20 points to help the Bobcats to their second win in three outings. Charlotte made 7-of-16 three-pointers and limited LA to an 0-of-8 performance from beyond the arc en route to its first-ever win over the Clippers in LA.

Emeka Okafor collected 14 points and nine rebounds, while Jeff McInnis scored 10 to go along with seven assists for Charlotte, which shot a torrid 56.7 percent from the floor. Point guard Raymond Felton, in his first game back from a nagging ankle injury, had 10 points and eight assists.

The Bobcats are 4-13 on the road this season. They will also visit Golden State, Denver and Phoenix on the swing.

01/30 10:41:06 ET


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