CHARLOTTE,N.C. — CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Michael Jordan scored 18 of his 41 points in the fourth quarter, and the Chicago Bulls won their 60th game for the first time in franchise history, 115-99 over the Charlotte Hornets last night.
Chicago led, 82-58, with 3 minutes, 35 seconds left in the third quarter and 86-72 going into the fourth period. But Charlotte climbed within four on three occasions in the final quarter, the last time at 94-90 with 5:11 left on Kelly Tripucka's short jumper.
After Jordan scored to make it 96-90, Charlotte's Kenny Gattison was called for a technical foul for arguing a referee's call with 4:42 left. Jordan's foul shot, followed by two more from Horace Grant, extended the margin to nine, and Charlotte never recovered.
The Bulls finished their 24th NBA season at 60-21, the best record in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte, which entered the league in the 1988-89 season and have set a franchise record with 26 wins, had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Chicago 37 24 25 29 -- 115
Charlotte 21 25 26 27 -- 99