Coming off an emotional series win over the Kings in first round, the Jazz would face off against Portland in the semifinals. Game one of the series went back and forth throughout. The #3-seed Jazz trailed by four points going into the fourth quarter but Karl Malone put the team on his shoulders scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. The Jazz held the #2-seed Blazers to only five points in the final quarter and took the opening game 93-83. The Blazers would go on to win the series in six games.