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Monday, February 4th (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (18-30) at Phoenix Suns (33-14), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Phoenix Suns attempt to get back on the winning track as they continue their six-game homestand tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats at US Airways Center.

This is the second and final meeting of the campaign between the clubs. On November 6, Shawn Marion had 16 points and 11 rebounds, leading eight Suns in double figures, as Phoenix routed the Bobcats, 115-83, at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Phoenix is 7-0 lifetime against the Bobcats, who are 0-3 on the road against the Suns. All seven meetings have been decided by nine points or more.

The Suns are 1-1 on the homestand. On Thursday, Tim Duncan finished with 16 points, 17 rebounds, and seven assists as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Suns, 84-81, at US Airways Center.

Marion ended with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while two-time MVP Steve Nash had 17 points and eight assists for the Suns, who had a three-game winning streak halted. Amare Stoudemire finished with 16 points and nine rebounds.

Phoenix is 16-5 at home this season. The Suns will also host the Hornets, Wizards and SuperSonics on the current stand.

Charlotte has dropped three in a row and will conclude a five-game road trip tonight. On Saturday, Linas Kleiza came off the bench to score 23 points -- including 16 in the fourth quarter -- as Denver rallied past the Bobcats, 117-101, at the Pepsi Center.

Jason Richardson poured in 38 points for Charlotte, which has lost four of its last five games overall. Emeka Okafor had 20 points and 18 rebounds, while Raymond Felton ended with 14 points and nine assists in defeat.

The Bobcats are 4-16 on the road this season. They return home to host the New Jersey Nets on Friday at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

02/04 11:21:03 ET


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