MAY 6, 1990
Suns 104, Jazz 102
SALT LAKE CITY - Up 10 in the final quarter, things appeared promising for the Utah Jazz in their first-round matchup with Phoenix. Then things went terribly wrong, and the lead vanished. But despite it all, the Jazz were still in good position after Karl Malone's jumper tied the game at 102-102 with 15 seconds left.
Then the play happened, a moment Jazz fans may never forget. Kevin Johnson buried a foul-line jumper with 0.8 seconds remaining before a stunned Salt Palace.
"It's an empty feeling, the kind of empty feeling you don't like to have in sports - 'cause you lost, and you don't think of yourself as a loser," said Karl Malone.
Jazz top scorer: Karl Malone/Thurl Bailey, 26
Top scorer: Tom Chambers, 32