Kristan Jacobsen, Deseret News
Karl Malone gets a hug and a head slap at the end of the game from Jeff Hornacek and Stephen Howard on May 6, 1997.

Editor's note: Every Sunday, the Deseret News takes a look back into our archives.

Karl Malone, with a free throw not five minutes into a 115-88 win against the Golden State Warriors, became the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history.

The Mailman surpassed one of the all-time hoop greats, Oscar Robertson, with his seventh point of the night. At that point, Malone had scored 26,724 points during his career.

He put the ball with the other game balls hes collected over the years, including the ones from when he became the 10th, 9th, 8th and 7th-leading scorer in league history.

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