This Day in Jazz History - June 8, 1997

by Bill Lea

After a thrilling game three victory, the Jazz evened up the '97 Finals by winning game four 78-73. The game was as intense as they come going back and forth until the very end. The score was tied going into the fourth quarter with each team's stars leading the way. With less than two minutes to play, the Bulls were up by five points when John Stockton took over. Stockton hit a clutch three from well beyond the three point line to bring the Jazz within two. Then, trailing by one with under a minute to go, Stockton made one of the best passes you will ever see. After a missed jumper by Michael Jordan, Stockton grabbed the rebound and in one motion threw a full-court pass to Karl Malone who laid it up and put the Jazz up for good. Stockton finished the game with 17 points, 12 assists and four steals while Malone had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.