The Jazz opened the second round of the playoffs with two road losses in Portland. Coming home for game 3, the Jazz were tasked with slowing down the Trailblazers backcourt of Terry Porter and Clyde Drexler who combined for 77 points in game 2. John Stockton played all but one minute of game 3 and clamped down on Portland's deadly duo, holding them to a combined 12-32 from the field. Karl Malone led the Jazz with 39 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the Jazz won 97-89. The Jazz would go on to tie the series at 2-2 in game 4, but ultimately lost the series in six to the eventual western conference champions.