After halting their five-game overall skid, the Charlotte Bobcats look to end another long road losing streak Tuesday when they visit the Minnesota Timberwolves in a matchup of struggling teams.
The Bobcats (20-39), owners of the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference, have won only twice in their last 14 games since a 107-100 road win over the last-place Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 20. They have also dropped nine straight road games by an average margin of 18.7 points, falling to 4-22 away from home on the season.
Charlotte lost 11 road games in a row from Nov. 7-Jan. 4, after winning its first of the season at Miami on Nov. 4.
Playing at home on Sunday, the Bobcats beat Toronto 110-98 to end their five-game overall losing streak.
"We're going to continue to fight," Bobcats coach Sam Vincent said after his team outrebounded the Raptors 50-37.
Jason Richardson has scored 30 points in each of the last two games. The swingman appears to be picking up the scoring slack with Gerald Wallace, the team's leader with 20.6 points per game, out indefinitely after he suffered a severe concussion in a loss at Sacramento on Feb. 22.
"We're just playing out there," Richardson said. "We're undermanned, so we're just going out there and playing for pride right now."
Richardson, who is second on the team with 20.4 points per game, had 32 points and 12 rebounds in his last meeting with the Timberwolves (12-46), a 121-108 win with Golden State last April 15.
The Bobcats have split six all-time meetings with Minnesota, including the two matchups last season, when the visitor took each contest.
The Timberwolves, who are last in the Western Conference and losers of 10 of their last 12, are looking to avoid a forth consecutive defeat.
They made only 3 of 11 shots in overtime to fall 111-108 to Seattle on Sunday, although coach Randy Wittman blamed the loss on his team's lackluster play in the first half.
"We just went though the motions like it was a Sunday afternoon," Wittman said. "We didn't move the ball the way we are capable of moving it and we defended nobody."
Al Jefferson, though, is looking to build on another strong performance. Jefferson had 30 points and 12 rebounds against the SuperSonics, and is averaging 24.5 points on 50.8 percent shooting in the last six contests. He leads the Timberwolves with 21.5 points and 11.7 boards per game - both career highs.
Jefferson has been getting some help from Corey Brewer of late. The swingman, who was drafted seventh overall in June, has made 10 of 20 shots to total 29 points over the last two games after scoring a total of just 33 in the previous eight.
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