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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chicago's Record Home String Snapped


CHICAGO -- The Chicago Bulls' NBA record 44-game home winning streak ended as the Charlotte Hornets beat Chicago 98-97, ending Michael Jordan and company's bid to become the first team in league history to go undefeated at home.

The Bulls hadn't lost at the United Center since March 24, 1995 -- Jordan's first home game after coming out of retirement. Jordan had 40 points and 10 rebounds Monday but missed a tip-in in the closing seconds.

Though it won't become the first National Basketball Association team ever to go unbeaten at home in a season, Chicago (66-9) remains on pace to post the first 70-win season in league history. Despite the loss, the Bulls need to go just 4-3 in their final seven games to get the coveted record.

Dell Curry hit two free throws with 19 seconds to play for the winning points for Charlotte, which blew a 12-point lead in the final 10:03. Kenny Anderson finished with 20 points and Curry added 19 off the bench.

Toni Kukoc, Scottie Pippen, Jordan and Dennis Rodman all missed shots in the final seconds for the Bulls.

"I had a good look at the basket with the last shot," said Kukoc. "The ball just didn't go in."

Sonics 108, Knicks 98. In New York, the Seattle SuperSonics, led by an angry Shawn Kemp, reached 60 victories by beating the Knicks 108-98 in a game postponed three months because of a blizzard.

The Sonics didn't let the prospect of a 6,000-mile , one-day round trip and a physical battle with the Knicks bother them, taking control in the second quarter and holding off New York's charge in the fourth quarter.

Kemp, who lost his temper after Charles Oakley bloodied his nose in the third quarter, led Seattle with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Detlef Schrempf had 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists and Hersey Hawkins added 20.

Pacers 97, Hawks 95. At Indiana, Reggie Miller scored 24 points, including Indiana's last eight in the final 1:53, as the Pacers held off the Atlanta Hawks 97-95 for their third straight victory.

The Pacers, who squandered an 11-point halftime lead, opened a 2-1/2-game lead over the New York Knicks in the race for third place in the Eastern Conference.

Spurs 92, Jazz 91. In Salt Lake City, Avery Johnson hit one of two free throws with 43 seconds left as the Spurs moved four games ahead of the Jazz in the Midwest Division. David Benoit misfired on a 3-pointer in the final second for Utah. ()

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