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Top NBA Finals moments: Steve Kerr's jumper sinks Jazz in 1997

NBA.com Staff

May 17, 2017 1:47 PM ET

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Steve Kerr leaves the Jazz jilted with his crucial jumper in Game 6 of The 1997 Finals.

Top NBA Finals Moments Index

The Game: 1997 Finals, Game 6

The Series Situation: Chicago Bulls lead Utah Jazz, 3-2

The Play: With the clock ticking under 10 seconds and the game tied at 86, Jordan drove the left side of the court and found himself double-teamed by Byron Russell and John Stockton. After a pump fake and step-through, Jordan passed to a wide-open Steve Kerr, who hit a 17-footer to give the Chicago Bulls their fifth championship of the Jordan era.

The Significance: The greatness of Michael Jordan was as much about seeing him employ his singular physical gifts as it was about seeing Jordan utilize his mental acuity. With one shot remaining to win his fifth NBA championship, Jordan recalled an earlier possession where Stockton had double-teamed him. Jordan warned Kerr to be ready, and Kerr seized the moment, knocking down the series winner. Kerr would later say it was the most memorable moment of his NBA career. That the Utah Jazz were willing to abandon Kerr, one of the NBA's best shooters, speaks volumes about Jordan.

-- Lang Whitaker

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