Game 3: June 6, 1997

Chicago 97, Utah 85

SALT LAKE CITY - After choking one game away and being blown out in another, the Jazz decided they better start playing or their first trip to the Finals would be a rather quick one.

It was a rout right from the start, as Karl Malone led Utah to a 16-point halftime lead by scoring 22 of his game-high 37. The lead ballooned to as much as 24 in the third quarter, but Chicago did make one last charge.

A Michael Jordan drive and finish off the glass cut the Jazz lead to 90-83, but Greg Foster stopped the bleed-ing with two huge foul shots on Utah's next possession. The Bulls would get no closer.

Foster scored a career playoff-high 17 points against his former team from off the bench, leading an emotional effort by Utah.

"I wish Foster was still on our team," Chicago coach Phil Jackson would say after. "He's a fine player."

Jazz top scorer: Karl Malone, 37

Bulls top scorer: Scottie Pippen, 27