Bulls 87, Jazz 86

FG FT Reb

CHIC Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Scottie Pippen 26 4-7 0-0 0-3 4 2 8

Toni Kukoc 42 7-14 0-0 0-3 4 3 15

Luc Longley 14 0-1 0-0 0-2 0 4 0

Michael Jordan 44 15-35 12-15 0-1 1 2 45

Ron Harper 29 3-4 2-2 0-3 3 2 8

Dennis Rodman 39 3-3 1-2 4-8 1 5 7

Scott Burrell 10 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0

Bill Wennington 4 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 2

Steve Kerr 24 0-0 0-0 0-0 3 3 0

Jud Buechler 8 1-1 0-0 1-2 1 1 2

Totals 240 34-67 15-19 5-22 17 23 87

Percentages: FG .507, FT .789. 3-point goals: 4-10, .400 (Jordan 3-7, Kukoc 1-2, Harper 0-1). Team rebounds: 13. Blocked shots: 4 (Harper 2, Pippen, Rodman). Turnovers: 9 (Pippen 2, Rodman 2, Wennington 2, Kerr, Harper, Jordan). Steals: 11 (Jordan 4, Pippen 2, Rodman 2, Longley, Harper, Kerr). Technical fouls: Illegal defense, 3:42 first; illegal defense, 1:01 first; illegal defense, 10:58 second. Illegal defense: 1.

FG FT Reb

UTAH Min M-A M-A O-T A PF Pts

Bryon Russell 37 2-5 3-4 1-4 2 2 7

Karl Malone 43 11-19 9-11 5-11 7 2 31

Adam Keefe 14 1-3 0-0 1-1 0 1 2

Jeff Hornacek 37 6-12 4-4 1-6 0 0 17

John Stockton 33 4-10 1-2 0-3 5 4 10

Antoine Carr 26 4-7 1-2 1-3 0 4 9

Howard Eisley 15 1-1 1-1 0-2 3 1 3

Chris Morris 16 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 4 2

Shandon Anderson 16 2-4 1-1 1-1 1 0 5

Greg Foster 3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0

Totals 240 32-64 20-25 10-33 19 19 86

Percentages: FG .500, FT .800. 3-point goals: 2-10, .200 (Hornacek 1-3, Stockton 1-4, Morris 0-1, Russell 0-2). Team rebounds: 6. Blocked shots: 0. Turnovers: 14 (Malone 5, Hornacek 3, Stockton 3, Foster 2, Russell). Steals: 4 (Malone, Keefe, Hornacek, Foster). Technical fouls: Coach Sloan, 3:42 first. Illegal defense: None.

Chicago 22 23 16 26 -87

Utah 25 24 17 20 -86

A-19,911 (19,911). T-2:32.

Officials-Dick Bavetta, Hue Hollins, Danny Crawford.

Playoff stats

Second Fast- Game 6 Game Points in Biggest Chance Break

Score the paint Lead Points Points

Bulls 87 32 9 6 0

Jazz 86 38 6 9 7

Key Matchup

Game 6

Position: Guard

John Stockton Ron Harper

Minutes 33 29

Points 10 8

Field goals 4 3

3-pointers 1 0

Rebounds 3 3

Fouls 4 2

Assists 5 3

Turnovers 3 1

1st quarter: On the first bucket of the game, Scottie Pippen aggravates a back injury on a dunk. He is forced out of the game and into the locker room for treatment with about five minutes left. That's about the time Utah makes its move. With the Jazz down 17-8, Howard Eisley enters as Pippen leaves, and the offense soars. Utah finishes with a 17-5 run as Malone sizzles, hitting three straight jumpers in the last two minutes and finishing the first quarter with 12 points. Both teams shoot well - Utah 64 percent, Chicago 53 percent - and it is easily the best-played 12 minutes from both teams the entire series.

2nd quarter: Jordan begins to get hot at just the right time for Chicago. Pippen is in the locker room receiving treatment on his aching back, while Toni Kukoc struggles to get in any type of offensive flow. So Jordan merely puts the Bulls on his back, scoring 15 in the quarter and keeping the Bulls in the game at the half. Utah has a chance to push its lead to double figures, but Greg Foster turns the ball over twice in an appearance he'd gladly give back, while Malone misses a pair of layups. If the Jazz convert, they go up 10, maybe 12. But Utah's inability to capitalize, along with Jordan's heroics, keeps the game close at 49-45.

3rd quarter: Hey, Mailman, where'd you go? After starting the third with a driving layup, Malone doesn't hit another field goal the entire quarter. With Pippen in pain and Jordan obviously trying to conserve some energy for the fourth quarter, Malone and the Jazz fail at their chance to bury the Bulls for good. In a game that had been so fluid through the first 24 minutes, the third quarter falls back to the old ugh-fest that has been the theme of the 1998 NBA Finals. Utah scores only 17, while the Bulls manage a mere 16 points. If either team steps up here, the game could have been decided early.

4th quarter: Jordan time. His Airness assumes control with 16 fourth-quarter points, and with less than 35 seconds left pulls out his entire game and waves it in front of all the Delta Center patrons. After Stockton nails a 3 to put Utah ahead 86-83 with 41.9 seconds left, the Jordan show takes center stage. First, Jordan scores on a 5-foot runner to pull Chicago within one. Then on defense, after John Stockton tosses entry pass to Malone in the post, Jordan slaps the ball away from the Mailman and comes away with it. From there, everyone knows what will happen. Jordan dribbles the clock down, crosses over from left to right, pushes Bryon Russell away and rips an 18-footer with 5.2 seconds left. It's done - game, set, match - and dynasty? In all, Jordan scores Chicago's final eight points, proving once again why he is the game's greatest star. Stockton's final attempt comes up just short, and the Chicago celebration begins.