The basket, which gave Jordan 14 points with a minute left in the first half, put his career scoring at 31,420 points in 1,032nd regular-season games. He scored four more points and finished with 18.
Jamal Mashburn scored 24 points to lead the Hornets, 103-94, and held Jordan to one-for-seven shooting in the second half.
The announced crowd of 18,298, which gave Jordan an enthusiastic welcome when the Wizard starting lineup was announced, applauded heartily when the public address announcer made note of his milestone during the next stoppage in play.
Jordan downplayed his scoring mark.
"It summarizes the effort I've given throughout my career. But the thing about stats is they define you when you're 10 or 20 years past the game," Jordan said. "While you're playing, what matters is wins.... Their defense really kind of got us baffled in the second half and we were not able to get into the rhythm we wanted to get into."
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All-time career scoring leaders in NBA:
Karl Malone ...35,487
Michael Jordan ...31,424