This Day in Jazz History - May 29, 1997

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"John Stockton sends the Utah Jazz to the NBA Finals!"

Being one game away from the franchises first trip to the NBA Finals, John Stockton made this day the most memorable in Jazz history. Up 3-2 in the series, the #1-seed Jazz headed back to Houston for game six where a raucous Rockets crowd awaited them. The game went back and forth throughout with neither team holding a substantial lead. The #3-seed Rockets were up 71-70 going into the fourth quarter and led for most of the quarter when Stockton took over. Stockton scored 15 points in the final period and with the score tied 100-100 with 2.8 seconds remaining, the ball was inbounded and from straight away, Stockton nailed a long three-pointer. Stockton finished the game with 25 points and 13 assists and Karl Malone added 24 points and 11 rebounds. The Jazz would go on to the Finals and would lose to six games to the Chicago Bulls.