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Encyclopedia > 1998 NBA Finals
1998 NBA Finals
Image:1998 NBA Finals.jpg
Logo of the 1998 NBA Finals
Team Coach Wins
Chicago Bulls Phil Jackson 4
Utah Jazz Jerry Sloan 2
Dates: June 3 - June 14
MVP: Michael Jordan
(Chicago Bulls)
Television: NBC (U.S.)
Announcers: Bob Costas, Doug Collins, and Isiah Thomas
Referees:
Game 1:
Game 2:
Game 3:
Game 4:
Game 5: Game 5:
Game 6: Game 6:
Hall of Famers: Coaches:
Phil Jackson (2007)
Eastern Finals: Bulls defeat Pacers, 4-3
Western Finals: Jazz defeat Lakers, 4-0
NBA Finals
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The 1998 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1997-98 National Basketball Association season. The Chicago Bulls of the Eastern Conference played against the Utah Jazz of the Western Conference, with the Jazz holding home-court advantage. In a repeat of the previous year's Finals, the Bulls won the series 4 games to 2 to give the Bulls their third consecutive NBA title and their sixth in eight seasons. Michael Jordan was voted the Most Valuable Player of the series (He also had won the award the last five times the Bulls won the Finals: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1996, and 1997). This would be his sixth NBA championship and sixth Finals MVP award in six full basketball seasons, an unprecedented feat. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article is about the professional basketball team. ... This article is about the basketball coach. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... Gerald Eugene Sloan, better known as Jerry Sloan (born March 28, 1942), is an American National Basketball Association coach. ... -1... is the 165th day of the year (166th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... The NBA on NBC was a weekly presentation of National Basketball Association games on the National Broadcasting Company television network from 1990 to 2002. ... A sportscaster is an announcer on radio or television who specializes in reporting or commenting on sports events. ... Robert Quinlan Bob Costas (born March 22, 1952) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ... For the Canadian journalist see Doug Collins (journalist) Paul Douglas Collins (born July 28, 1951 in Christopher, Illinois), is a former four-time NBA basketball All-Star and NBA basketball coach. ... Isiah Lord Thomas III () (born April 30, 1961, in Chicago, Illinois) is a retired American professional basketball player in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is currently the head coach of the NBAs New York Knicks. ... A college basketball official from a 2008 game between Division II teams Lake Superior State University and Northern Michigan University In Basketball, an official is a person who the has responsibility to enforce the rules and maintain the order of the game. ... For Womens Basketball Hall of Fame, see Womens Basketball Hall of Fame. ... The National Basketball Association Conference Finals occur at the conclusion of the NBA Playoffs when the final four teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences face off. ... The National Basketball Association Conference Finals occur at the conclusion of the NBA Playoffs when the final four teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences face off. ... Logo of the NBA Finals. ... Dates: June 1 - June 13 MVP: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls) Television: NBC (U.S.) Announcers: Marv Albert, Matt Guokas, and Bill Walton Referees: Game 1: Dan Crawford, Bill Oakes, and Ed T. Rush Game 2: Game 3: Game 4: Game 5: Game 5: Game 6: Game 6: Hall of Famers... The 1999 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1998-99 NBA season. ... The 1997-98 NBA season was the 52nd season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article is about the professional basketball team. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award is presented to the National Basketball Association (NBA) player in the NBA Finals that is seen as contributing the most to the series. ...


The 1998 Finals garnered the highest Nielsen TV Rating in NBA history at 18.7, and even surpassed the Nielsen Ratings for the 1998 World Series, making it the first time the NBA had a higher rating in its championship round than of Major League Baseball's title round. The National Basketball Association has achieved a rapid rise and fall in television ratings since from the 1997-1998 NBA season, when ratings for the NBA Finals achieved a record high, to the 2002-2003 NBA season, when ratings for the same event hit an all-time record low. ... Dates October 17, 1998–October 21, 1998 MVP Scott Brosius (New York) Television network FOX Announcers Joe Buck, Tim McCarver, and Bob Brenly Umpires Rich Garcia (AL), Jerry Crawford (NL), Tim Tschida (AL), Dana DeMuth (NL), Dale Scott (AL), Mark Hirschbeck (NL) The 1998 World Series matched the New York... Major Leagues redirects here. ...


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Contents

1998 NBA Finals Roster

Chicago Bulls Utah Jazz
Head Coach: Phil Jackson Head Coach: Jerry Sloan
Michael Jordan Karl Malone
Scottie Pippen Jeff Hornacek
Dennis Rodman John Stockton
Toni Kukoc Bryon Russell
Ron Harper Shandon Anderson
Steve Kerr Adam Keefe
Luc Longley Howard Eisley
Scott Burrell Antoine Carr
Randy Brown Greg Foster
Dickey Simpkins Greg Ostertag
Rusty LaRue Chris Morris
Bill Wennington Jacque Vaughn
Jud Buechler
Joe Kleine [
Keith Booth

Series summary

Legend: OT denotes a game decided in overtime This article is about the basketball coach. ... Gerald Eugene Sloan, better known as Jerry Sloan (born March 28, 1942), is an American National Basketball Association coach. ... For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ... Karl Anthony Malone (born July 24, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Scottie Maurice Pippen (born September 25, 1965 in Hamburg, Arkansas) is a former American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and is most remembered for leading the Chicago Bulls together with Michael Jordan to six championships and being one of the best all-around players... Jeffrey John Hornacek (IPA: ); (born May 3, 1963 in Elmhurst, Illinois) is a retired American basketball player who played at the shooting guard position in the NBA from 1986–2000. ... Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball player best known for his fierce defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times, along with five... This article is about the professional basketball player. ... Toni Kukoč (born September 18, 1968 in Split, Croatia) is a renowned basketball player. ... Bryon Demetrise Russell (born December 31, 1970 in San Bernardino, California), is a former basketball player in the NBA. During a NBA career that spanned most of the 1990s and into 2005, he played for the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers and was a key member of... Ronald Harper (born January 20, 1964 in Dayton, Ohio) is a retired American professional basketball player whose career spanned from 1986 to 2001 with four teams in the NBA. At 6 ft 6 in (1. ... Shandon Rodriguez Anderson (born December 31, 1973 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a professional basketball player in the NBA currently with the Miami Heat. ... Stephen Douglas Steve Kerr (born September 27, 1965 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... Adam Thomas Keefe (born February 22, 1970 in Irvine, California) is a former power forward in the National Basketball Association. ... Lucien James Luc Longley (born January 19, 1969 in Melbourne, Australia) is a former professional basketball player, and also the first Australian to play in the NBA. He attended college at the University of New Mexico. ... Howard Eisley (born December 4, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player, formerly in the NBA. He played for the Boston College Eagles basketball team before being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round (30th overall) in 1994. ... Scott David Burrell (born January 12, 1971 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American professional basketball player who won an NBA Championship with the Chicago Bulls in 1998. ... Antoine Labotte Carr (born July 23, 1961) is a retired 16-year National Basketball Association journeyman player well known for the sunglass shades he wore onto the court. ... Randy Brown (born May 22, 1968, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Gregory Clinton Foster (born October 3, 1968 in Oakland, California is a retired American basketball player. ... LuBara Dixon Dickey Simpkins (born April 6, 1972 in Fort Washington, Maryland) is an American professional basketball player best known for his tenure with the Chicago Bulls in the late 1990s. ... Gregory Donovan Ostertag (born March 6, 1973, in Dallas, Texas) is a retired American basketball player in the NBA, who spent most of his career with the Utah Jazz. ... Rusty LaRue (born December 10, 1973 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is an American multi-sport athlete who played basketball, baseball, and football at Wake Forest University. ... Christopher Vernard Morris (born January 20, 1966 in Atlanta, Georgia) is a former professional basketball player. ... William (Bill) Percey Wennington (born December 26, 1963 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian former National Basketball Association center who won three NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls: the 1996, 1997 and 1998 teams. ... Jacque Vaughn (born February 11, 1975 in Los Angeles, California) is a professional basketball player currently with the New Jersey Nets in the NBA. He played collegiately at the University of Kansas and was selected 27th overall by the Utah Jazz in the 1997 NBA Draft. ... Judson Donald Buechler (born June 19, 1968 in San Diego, California) is a former professional basketball player. ... Joseph William Kleine (b. ... Keith Booth (born October 9, 1974 in Baltimore, Maryland) is a former professional basketball player. ... Overtime is an additional period of play specified under the rules of a sport in order to bring the game to a decision and avoid declaring the contest a tie or draw. ...

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 June 3 Utah 88-85 (OT) Chicago
Game 2 June 5 Utah 88-93 Chicago
Game 3 June 7 Chicago 96-54 Utah
Game 4 June 10 Chicago 86-82 Utah
Game 5 June 12 Chicago 81-83 Utah
Game 6 June 14 Utah 86-87 Chicago

Bulls win series 4-2

Games 1 and 2

Unlike the 1997 Finals, the Jazz and Bulls entered this series as equals. The Jazz had won both regular season match-ups with the Bulls, and many analysts predicted a hard-fought seven-game series. Predictions of a Jazz championship were strengthened with their Game 1 victory in overtime in Utah, but they won it in ugly fashion, with Scottie Pippen badly missing a wide open 3-pointer at the buzzer. True to form, the Bulls would tie the series in Game 2 while putting together a huge fourth-quarter run to silence the Delta Center and holding on to win 93-88, finally securing their first victory against Utah all season. Karl Malone shot very poorly in the first two games of the series.

Game 3, 4 and 5

The finals would move to Chicago with control of the series at stake in Game 3. Though anticipation was high, no one could have expected a blow-out of the proportions seen in Game 3. With a 96-54 triumph over Utah, the Bulls would help the Jazz set an embarrassing record for the lowest points scored in Finals history, as well as the lowest number of points scored in any NBA game (since eclipsed) since the inception of the 24-second shot clock. Also, every player on the Bulls roster scored. The Shot Clock Monument in Syracuse, New York A shot clock is a timer designed to increase the pace (and subsequently, the score) in a competitive sport. ...


The Jazz would pull themselves together in Game 4 in a better, though vain attempt to tie the series, but lost 86-82. Dennis Rodman saved the game for Chicago by hitting four critical free-throws in the last 3 minutes while shutting down Malone throughout the game. Dennis Keith Rodman (born May 13, 1961) is an American professional basketball player best known for his fierce defensive and rebounding ability, leading the National Basketball Association in rebounds per game for a record seven consecutive years and earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors seven times, along with five...


The Jazz' early series-lead seemed like a distant memory, a false indication of a tough series as they entered Game 5 with a 3-1 series deficit. Chicago fans prepared for the last game they would host with the Jordan-led Bulls of the 90's. But any notions of a championship on the home floor would be snuffed out when Michael Jordan missed an off-balance, potential game-winning 3-point shot, preserving the Jazz' narrow 83-81 win. Karl Malone had his best game of the series, scoring 39 points. With the series shifting back to Utah with a far more generous 3-2 Bulls advantage, the promise of another Chicago championship was not so certain.

Game 6

The Chicago Bulls had never let an NBA Finals series go to a Game Seven in their franchise history, and all but one of their previous five titles (the exception was in 1991) were clinched in the sixth game. Thus, winning Game Six in Salt Lake City was imperative for Chicago.


Yet, as they arrived at the Delta Center for Game 6, things did not look good for the Bulls. Scottie Pippen's back gave way when he dunked the opening basket of the game and he was slowed down, scoring only eight points all game. Tensions ran high in the Delta Center when the Jazz discovered problems of their own. They suffered several shot clock violations, including one on a successful three-point attempt by Howard Eisley. Television replays showed, however, that Eisley got the ball out of his hands in time before the shot clock hit zero and the referees missed the call.[citation needed] In the fourth quarter, the Bulls closed the gap. With 41.9 seconds left, the Bulls suffered a jolt as John Stockton hit a clutch 3-point shot to give Utah an 86-83 lead and send the Delta Center into a frenzy. Down by three, the Bulls had one last chance to stay alive. Running perilously low on energy, the Bulls knew they must win the game in regulation, and not have to play overtime. Howard Eisley (born December 4, 1972 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player, formerly in the NBA. He played for the Boston College Eagles basketball team before being drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round (30th overall) in 1994. ...


After Michael Jordan made a layup to cut the Jazz lead to one, the Bulls needed to stop the Jazz from scoring again. When John Stockton passed the ball to Karl Malone, Michael Jordan stole the ball away and dribbled to the front. Guarding him was Bryon Russell, one of the Jazz's best perimeter defenders. Jordan drove inside the 3-point line, crossed over and pushed off on Russell [1], and hit a 20-foot jump shot to give the Bulls an 87-86 lead with 5.2 seconds left. After a time-out, Stockton's three-point attempt hit the rim and bounced away, giving the Bulls their sixth NBA title in 8 years. Jordan, who scored 45 points, and whose game-winning shot has been immortalized in many records, was named the Finals MVP. Bryon Demetrise Russell (born December 31, 1970 in San Bernardino, California), is a former basketball player in the NBA. During a NBA career that spanned most of the 1990s and into 2005, he played for the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers and was a key member of...


Quotes from the Finals

All that's missing for Utah is a blindfold and a cigarette. - NBC's Bob Costas on Chicago's blowout of Utah in Game 3.
17 seconds from Game 7, or from Championship number 6...Jordan, open...Chicago with the lead!! Time out Utah, 5.2 seconds left...Michael Jordan running on fumes with 45 points. - Bob Costas making the call of Michael Jordan's game-winning shot.
That may have been the last shot Michael Jordan ever made in the NBA...If that's the last image of Michael Jordan...how magnificent is it!? - Bob Costas describing Jordan's game-winner, his last shot as a Chicago Bull
Malone...stripped by Michael, to the floor, stolen by M.J.! Michael the steal! 16 seconds left, Bulls down one...Michael against Russell, 12 seconds...11...10. Jordan, Jordan, a drive, hangs...fires...SCORE!! He scores! The Bulls lead 87-86 with five and two-tenths left, and now they're one stop away! Oh my goodness...oh, my goodness! - Neil Funk calling Jordan's steal and game-winner on the Bulls' radio network.

Trivia

  • The Bulls clinched their second three-peat in similar fashion to their first three-peat, having led both series 3-1, losing Game 5 in Chicago and winning Game 6 on the road to win the series. The first three-peat came against the Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals.
  • Before the Finals, the Bulls had won only their second Game 7 (the Eastern Conference Finals against the Indiana Pacers) in their championship run dating back to 1991. In the 1992 Eastern Conference Semifinals, the Bulls beat the New York Knicks in Game 7 at Chicago Stadium.
  • This was the 2nd time the Bulls lost Game 1 in a Finals series, the other being in 1991 when they lost Game 1 to the Los Angeles Lakers. In six Finals series, the Bulls never trailed after Game 2. They were tied 1-1 in '91, '92 and '98 and led 2-0 in '93, '96 and '97.
  • Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan were members of all six Bulls' championship teams.
  • From 1998 to 2007, the Western Conference team had home-court advantage in the Finals.
  • The Jazz were the first Finals runner-up to return to the following year's Finals since the 1989 Detroit Pistons, who lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1988. In 1989, the Pistons did what the Jazz couldn't, and avenging their '88 loss to the Lakers by sweeping the defending champs.
  • World Championship Wrestling was quick to capitalize on the mainstream media interest in the Finals, by featuring a match involving both Rodman and Malone. NBC play-by-play announcer Bob Costas, in particular, was a vocal critic of their involvement. At the 1998 Bash at the Beach, Rodman teamed with Hulk Hogan to defeat Malone and Diamond Dallas Page. It was the second appearance at the event for Rodman, having drawn controversy, an NBA fine, and the ire of Jackson the previous year for skipping practice for his involvement in professional wrestling then.
  • This is the only NBA Finals series to best the ratings for that year's World Series.

See also

External links

The following sites are all from the NBA official site: The NBC Sports logo used since 1989. ... Robert Quinlan Bob Costas (born March 22, 1952) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ... Neil Funk is the current radio play-by-play announcer for the National Basketball Associations Chicago Bulls. ... The Phoenix Suns are a professional basketball team, based in Phoenix, Arizona. ... The 1993 NBA Finals was the championship round of the 1992-1993 NBA season. ... The 1998 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1997-1998 season. ... The Indiana Pacers are a professional basketball team that plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... The 1992 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament following the National Basketball Associations 1991-1992 season. ... Knicks redirects here. ... The Chicago Stadium was a famed and historic indoor sports arena in Chicago, Illinois. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The Detroit Pistons are a team in the National Basketball Association based in the Detroit metropolitan area. ... The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... For the Australian professional wrestling promotion, see World Championship Wrestling (Australia). ... This article is about the television network. ... Robert Quinlan Bob Costas (born March 22, 1952) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ... Bash at the Beach was a yearly professional wrestling pay-per-view event produced World Championship Wrestling (WCW). ... Terrence Gene Bollea (born on August 11, 1953) is an American actor and semi-retired professional wrestler better known by his ring name Hulk Hogan. ... Page Joseph Falkinburg, Jr. ... For the NES video game, see Pro Wrestling (video game). ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The 1998 NBA Playoffs was the postseason tournament of the National Basketball Associations 1997-1998 season. ...

  • 1998 Playoff Results
  • 1998 NBA Finals Recap
  • Michael Jordan's Shot in Game 6

The following links are to other sites on the Internet:

  • 1998 NBA Finals Summary and Linescores
  • Greatest Finals Moments
  • Michael Jordan's Final Shot 98
  • Top NBA on NBC sports moments
  • Nike Commercial spoof of "The Shot"
  • Former NBA official's take on Jordan's series-winning shot

References

  1. ^ Former NBA Ref Blasts Officiating, New York Post, 17 August 2007
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