Chuck Wing, Deseret News
Jazz star Karl Malone looks at the NBA's MVP trophy that was presented to him by Larry H. Miller on Sunday afternoon at a press conference inside the Delta Center, May 18, 1997.

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Utah Jazz power forward Karl Malone won the NBA's Most Valuable Player award by 29 points, the second-closest margin in NBA history. He had 63 first-place votes to 52 for Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan.

Jazz owner Larry H. Miller said hed anticipated this event for a long time.

"I just told Karl when I handed this to him that it was right where it belongs. Despite of what others may think, I dont believe this is a sentimental vote. I think that Karl has really earned this this year, despite some very worthwhile competition from Michael Jordan and others."

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