The Charlotte Bobcats haven’t won on the road in a month. They haven’t ever earned a victory in Sacramento.
Although they’re in the midst of another disappointing season, the Bobcats have a good chance to end both droughts Wednesday night when they visit the Kings, owners of the worst record in the NBA.
Charlotte (22-35) has lost on the first two stops of its five-game road trip, falling 112-102 in Phoenix on Tuesday after losing 99-78 at Houston on Sunday.
The Bobcats, who have finished fourth in the Southeast Division each of their first four seasons in the league and are currently fourth again, have lost a season-high seven straight road games since a 117-110 double-overtime victory over the Western Conference-leading Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 27.
Diaw finished with a season-high 27 points, 10 rebounds and six assists Monday, while Bell scored 23.
“You have to continue to make runs and I thought we did that,” Bell said. “We fought back multiple times and cut their lead down but just didn’t have enough to get over the hump.”
The Bobcats are last in the league in scoring (92.2), but their offense has a good chance of making plays against the Kings. Sacramento (12-46) has allowed at least 100 points in 19 of its last 20 games, and is yielding an average of 115.9 points in that span.
Charlotte got swept in its two-game series with the Kings last season and has been outscored by an average of 16.0 points while losing all four of its previous trips to Arco Arena, but Sacramento has been awful this season.
From 2000-01 through 2007-08, Sacramento owned the league’s third-best home record at 241-87. Even last season, when the Kings finished in fourth in the Pacific, they went 26-15 at home. In 2008-09, though, Sacramento’s 8-19 home record is tied with Minnesota for the league’s second-worst mark.
The Kings lost 112-105 at home to New Orleans on Monday - their second straight defeat and 16th in 18 games.
Kevin Martin was a bright spot for Sacramento, setting an Arco Arena record for points in a quarter with 24 in the fourth and finishing with 32. Martin, who is averaging a team-high 24.3 points, has scored at least 32 in three of four games since the All-Star break.
Overall, though, the Kings are still trying to find their rhythm and identity after acquiring seven new players in trades last week.
“We are just taking small steps right now,” said Martin, who averaged 18.5 points but shot just 33.3 percent in last season’s wins over the Bobcats. “It’s different with six or seven new guys. Hopefully on Wednesday we will have a better outcome.”