25 years ago today, Michael Jordan, wearing 45, put controversial end to Hornets season

Michael Jordan was barely one month into his NBA return when the Chicago Bulls began a first-round playoffs series with the Hornets in late April 1995.Chicago won Game 1, 108-100, on April 28 and was leading the best-of-5 series 2-1 when the teams met, exactly 25 years ago — May 4, 1995.Charlotte needed to win to force a deciding Game 5 in Chicago, and as point guard Muggsy Bogues remembers, the Hornets had two shots to win in the final seconds before losing, 85-84.Jordan, wearing No. 45 and not his famous 23, played 41 minutes. He had returned to the NBA in March after a 21-month retirement t…

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