(Sports Network) - The worst that the Eastern and Western Conferences have to
offer will meet in the Queen City on Monday as the Charlotte Bobcats try to
avoid a franchise record 17th consecutive defeat when they host the New
Charlotte (7-52) is already guaranteed of finishing with the worst record in
the NBA this season and has a chance to finish with the worst single-season
winning percentage in NBA history if it loses its final seven contests.
The Bobcats matched the longest losing streak in club history on Sunday,
falling to Boston, 94-82, in Charlotte. The team has also lost nine
consecutive in the Tar Heel State, also a franchise mark for futility.
Gerald Henderson had 22 points for the Bobcats, who matched their franchise-
record skid set, also set this season from Jan. 16-Feb. 15. They haven't won
since March 17.
Another defeat to the Hornets tonight would be Charlotte's 17th and the NBA's
longest since Cleveland dropped 26 in a row from Dec. 20, 2010-Feb. 9, 2011.
New Orleans, on the other hand, has been finishing strongly and won its third
straight on Sunday when Eric Gordon scored a team-high 18 points and
Carl Landry added 16 points and 11 rebounds, as the Hornets took down the
Grizzlies, 88-75, at New Orleans Arena.
Jason Smith also posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards for New
Orleans, which forced 21 turnovers in completing a successful 4-1 homestand.
"They (Grizzlies) missed a lot of shots, but I thought we had little to do
with that," New Orleans head coach Monty Williams said. "Overall, I thought it
was a good team win."
Charlotte snapped a two-game skid to NOLA with a 73-71 win in the Big Easy
back on March 12 and will be aiming to sweep the season series for the first
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