- 1997 NBA Finals
- Bulls vs. Jazz (1997 NBA Finals Game 6) - Bulls win 5th title
- Top NBA Finals moments: Kerr's jumper sinks Jazz in 1997
1997 NBA Finals
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Michael Jordan battled through illness in Game 5 to help Chicago take a series lead. In terms of magic moments, the Finals between the Bulls and the Jazz was among the most memorable in NBA history. Chicago's quest for a fifth title was contested by a Utah team, led by the duo of John Stockton and Karl Malone , that was playing in the NBA Finals for the first time. The result? Jordan used a crossover dribble to get free of Bryon Russell and buried a jumper from just inside the three-point circle as the buzzer sounded, leaving Russell to lament Utah's lost opportunity. I kept him in front of me, he didn't get past me. He took a jump shot while I had a hand in his face.
The series were played under a best-of-seven format , with the first 2 games in Chicago , the next 3 games in Salt Lake City , and the last 2 games in Chicago. The Bulls won the series 4 games to 2. The Bulls and Jazz won a combined regular season games, second most in Finals history. Until , the NBA Finals was the last to feature teams that won a total of at least regular season games. For the Chicago Bulls, the campaign was almost identical to their record-breaking —96 season. They began the season 12—0, and by the All-Star break , was 42—6, putting them on pace to win 70 games for a second year in a row. But some late-season injuries and poor play denied them another win season, and the Bulls settled for a 69—13 record, best in the league.
The Chicago Bulls have not been the most storied franchise in the NBA, but the tradition the team has is among the upper echelon. Great coaches such as Phil Jackson and Dick Motta have also manned the sidelines. The Bulls have won 1, games, as well as in the playoffs. Chicago has also won each of their six NBA Finals appearances. How do you pick just 15 games and call them the best? A lot of research, honestly.
Bulls vs. Jazz (1997 NBA Finals Game 6) - Bulls win 5th title
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Top NBA Finals moments: Kerr's jumper sinks Jazz in 1997