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Saturday, January 11th (All times Eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (15-22) at Chicago Bulls (16-18), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bulls look to match a season-high in consecutive wins when they play back-to-back games at home, starting with Saturday's test with the Charlotte Bobcats at the United Center.

The Bulls have won four in a row and last posted five straight wins from Nov. 8-18. They are coming off Friday's 81-72 victory at Milwaukee, as Carlos Boozer returned to action and had 19 points to go with 13 rebounds. He had missed two straight games with a knee issue.

"We were just trying to contest shots, trying to rebound and make them shoot over our hands, and it worked out," said Boozer.

Mike Dunleavy scored 18 points and Taj Gibson added 12 off the bench. The Bulls prevailed despite shooting 38.7 percent from the floor and got 10 points from Jimmy Butler.

Chicago has won three in a row at home and will also host Washington. It is 10-7 at the United Center this season.

The Bobcats will close out a quick trip Saturday and have lost five of their last six road games. They fell to 7-11 away from home with Friday's 119-92 drubbing at the hands of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Anthony Tolliver led Charlotte with 21 points off the bench and Chris Douglas- Roberts recorded 16 points. Kemba Walker scored 15 points for the Bobcats, who have dropped two in a row and seven of their last eight games. The Bobcats trailed 88-57 with 4 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter and never got closer than 23 the rest of the way.

"They set the tone for the game with their drives and offensive rebounds, but they scored right away in the paint, which is their game," Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said of the Wolves.

Gerald Henderson had 12 points in defeat.

Charlotte sustained an 86-81 setback in Chicago on Nov. 18 and has lost 10 of the previous 13 contests in this series. The Bulls are also 10-3 in the past 13 meetings between the teams at the United Center.

01/11 11:24:27 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 1
MIN 3
Final
CHA 103
TOR 94
Final
STL 5
HOU 2
 
Final
BOS 3
MIA 5
 
Final
TAM 2
MIN 1
 
Final
PHI 1
NYY 4
 
Final
ATL 8
WAS 9
 
Final
TOR 5
BAL 4
 
Final
NYM 5
DET 4
Final
SDP 5
CWS 0
 
Final
CHC 2
CIN 5
 
Final
CLE 9
KAN 11
 
Final
MIL 1
LOS 10
 
Final
TEX 3
SFG 12
 
Final
LOS 7
SEA 4
 
Final
ANA 3
COL 0
 
Final
ARI 2
OAK 7
 
Final
NYY 1
PIT 3
 
Final
IND 98
CHI 84
Final
WAS 99
MIA 97
Final
ORL 119
SAC 114
Final
CHA 103
TOR 94
Final
PHI 83
UTA 89
Final
ATL 106
CLE 97
Final
NOP 98
BOS 104
Final
HOU 103
DET 93
Final
MEM 97
LAL 90
Final
BRK 100
PHO 108
Final
SAN 120
DEN 111
2nd
GSW 52
DAL 40
 
Final
MVSU 75
ARKPB 94
 
Final
CSOU 60
LONG 68
 
Final
WICHS 56
SILL 45
Final
RAD 66
WINT 67
 
Final
ILLST 71
EVAN 67
Final
HIGH 71
GWEBB 72
 
Final
UNCG 81
SAMF 76
Final
ELON 74
TOWS 69
Final
KSU 79
AKR 77
 
Final
BUF 77
BGU 75
 
Final
DART 75
BRO 69
 
Final
WMICH 74
CMICH 62
 
Final
PENN 54
CLMB 46
 
Final
PRIN 66
CORN 53
 
Final
OU 69
ILLCH 72
Final
OHIO 95
UMO 65
 
Final
BST 67
NILL 71
 
Final
EMICH 85
TOL 59
 
Final
NIOWA 71
BRAD 46
Final
MURST 80
MORE 77
Final
HARV 52
YALE 62
 
Final
DREX 48
COC 56
Final
CITA 56
FUR 73
Final
CCAR 74
UNCA 57
 
Final
USF 62
PAC 58
Final
BAY 77
TTU 74
Final
INDST 53
LOYC 81
 
Final
CLST 70
DET 53
 
2nd
EKENT 44
BEL 39
 
11:30pm Tonight
SCU
LMU
Final
NJD 2
CLB 3
Final
CAR 1
MIN 3
Final
OTT 3
BUF 2
Final
DET 2
CAL 5
Final
CHI 2
EDM 1
 
2nd Intermission
ANA 0
PIT 3