PAT SULLIVAN, Associated Press
Utah Jazz's John Stockton, right, walks off the court with teammate Karl Malone, center, and coach Jerry Sloan after beating the Houston Rockets 103-100 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals Thursday, May 29, 1997, in Houston.

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The Utah Jazz had faced 2-0 deficits the first three times they reached the Western Conference finals but this time they jumped on the Houston Rockets in Salt Lake City with victories by scores of 101-86 and 104-92, only to see Houston even the series with scores of 118-100 and 95-92.

The losses made the Rockets testy about the screens the Jazz employed.

Houston center Hakeem Olajuwon said it was hypocritical for the Jazz to come across as choirboys when they were trying to be bad boys.

Houston Chronicle columnist Mickey Herskowitz ripped the Rockets for trying to say the Jazz are dirty: Nobody ever called Karl Malone a choirboy and he has made no such claim of his own. Karl looks like the kind of guy the Army drops behind enemy lines to take out a missile base using only a butter knife.

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