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Utah Jazz History: Jeff Malone and the Jazz beat the Chicago Bulls in triple overtime

Mike Powell

I did not get a chance to do a mailbag this last Sunday (real life be crazy at times), but one of the questions I liked asked about some of the best Historical Jazz games. I think this should be a regular feature and in the off-season we can go over them in more detail for sure.

But here's a game from February 2, 1992 where the Chicago Bulls lost to the Utah Jazz 126-123 in 3 OT.

This is how the game ends.

Some of you reading this WENT to this game. And others who are reading this blog weren't even born when this happened. The most interesting thing about this to me was how Jeff Malone had the trust of his head coach Jerry Sloan and his All-Star team mates to do it all himself. And the best thing about Jeff Malone at this point of the game? At the time he takes it upon himself to create the last second play he was shooting 4/21 (19 fg%). Yeah.

The usual suspects had solid games:

  • Michael Jordan finished with 34 points, 13 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 steals, and shot 38.2 fg%
  • Scottie Pippen finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block
  • Horace Grant finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and 3 blocks
  • Karl Malone finished with 34 points, 21 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, and went 12/13 FT (92.3 ft%)
  • John Stockton finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists, 4 steals, and shot 53.8 fg%
  • Blue Edwards finished with 25 points, 3 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and 3 threes made
  • Mark Eaton finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 6 blocks, 1 assist, and 1 steal

Only Blue and Jordan fouled out. Tyrone Corbin went 2/8 and finished with 6 points and 3 rebounds. He has to get better, keep working, keep getting better. This was a great game, and sadly the Bulls would go on to sweep the season series the next two years our teams played. The next time we'd beat the Bulls was when Jordan was hitting pop flies.