Charlotte (15-61) at Atlanta (12-64)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EDT Mon Apr 11, 2005
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The expansion Charlotte Bobcats knew that they would struggle in their first season in the NBA. But thanks to the Atlanta Hawks, they’re not the worst team in the league.

The owners of the worst records in the NBA meet when the Bobcats visit the Hawks in the first game of their home-and-home series.

The Hawks are in last place in the Eastern Conference, 43 1/2 games behind the first place Miami Heat—and three behind the Bobcats. They snapped a 14-game losing streak on Saturday with a 105-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“It’s a great win for our team here at home, in front of our fans playing a team that’s fighting for a playoff spot,” coach Mike Woodson said.

Tyronn Lue scored 23 points, including 12 straight in the fourth quarter, for the Hawks, who had not won since March 11 at Toronto. Their last victory at home came on Feb. 7 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Now, Atlanta has a chance to win consecutive games for the first time this season.

“We haven’t won two (straight) all year, and that’s something we are going to push between now and gametime on Monday,” Woodson said.

The Hawks placed center Obinna Ekezie on the injured list with a strained left shoulder Saturday and signed free agent forward James Thomas for the remainder of the season.

The Bobcats lost their eighth straight game on Sunday, falling 102-95 to the Memphis Grizzlies. Brevin Knight had a season-high 22 points and 10 assists, and rookie Emeka Okafor added 19 points and 18 rebounds for his 44th double-double of the season.

Charlotte has not won since taking recording consecutive victories against Orlando and Miami on March 24 and 26. The Bobcats, who are wrapping up a four-game road trip, have lost 15 of their last 16 away from home.

“We played hard tonight. They are a good team. We were in it to the end. The turnovers toward the end hurt our chances,” Knight said.

The Bobcats and Hawks wrap up their home-and-home series on Wednesday in Charlotte.

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