Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Bryon Russell greats fans as he walks onto the court to challenge a fake Michael Jordan to a game of one-on-one during halftime of the Flash game.

A sold-out crowd attended the game in anticipation of a much-publicized possible one-on-one pickup game between former Utah Jazz guard Bryon Russell and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan at halftime.

But more than half of the fans left after halftime, which merely ended up to be a bizarre staged performance that could best be described as an un-rehearsed skit gone bad. It featured the real Bryon Russell and a fake Michael Jordan, flanked by a pair of fake security guards, with the two essentially staring each other down and ending with Russell stating, "I don't think he's going to show up."

That was preceded by a lengthy video montage giving the background of Utah Flash owner Brandt Andersen's proposed clash between Russell and Jordan, with Andersen offering $100,000 to the charity of the winner's choice. Earlier in the day, it was rumored that Jordan was spotted at an Orem restaurant, a hoax that came complete with a YouTube video of the fake Jordan eating with the security guards.

—Chris Peterson