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Hornets ends Bulls 44-game home win streak
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

April 8, 1996

Reality stings, as Chicago finds out, when it's hum-bulled by the Charlotte Hornets, ending the Bulls' NBA record regular-season home winning streak at 44 games. The Hornets, who had lost to the Bulls by 34 points three nights earlier in Charlotte, take a 98-97 lead with 19 seconds left on Dell Curry's two foul shots.

They hold on by that score when four Bulls miss close-range shots in the final, frantic seconds.

"It's incredible," says guard Kenny Anderson, Charlotte's high scorer with 20 points. "We wanted to come up here and show a little pride and give them a game. Then we lucked up and won the thing."

The last time the Bulls had lost in the United Center was March 24, 1995, in Michael Jordan's first home game after coming out of his first retirement. They had won their last seven regular-season home games last year and all 37 this season.

Jordan scores 40 against the Hornets, but it's not enough. "Even Superman lost a fight," says Hornets center Matt Geiger.

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