No games scheduled. The NBA Finals resume Wednesday night with Game 4 in Chicago. The Bulls lead the series 2-1.
_ Michael Jordan, Bulls, had 24 points on 7-for-14 field goals and 10-for-11 from the line, in Chicago’s 96-54 victory over Utah in Game 3 of the NBA Finals.
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Utah broke the record for fewest points in an NBA game since the inception of the shot clock in its 96-54 loss at Chicago on Sunday in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The Jazz also broke the records for fewest field goals (21) and fewest second-half points (23).
Chicago’s 42-point margin of victory in its 96-54 win over Utah on Sunday night topped the previous NBA Finals record of 35 by Washington against Seattle in 1978.
Karl Malone made his first six shots and finished 8-for-11 for 22 points in Utah’s 96-54 loss at Chicago on Sunday night, but the rest of the team shot a combined 13-for-59, including Howard Eisley (0-for-6), Bryon Russell, Greg Ostertag (1-for-7 each) and Jacque Vaughn (0-for-6).
Utah, which had 13 turnovers in Game 1 and 20 in Game 2, had 26 turnovers in its 96-54 loss in Game 3 at Chicago _ including seven by Malone and five by John Stockton _ which led to 22 Bulls points.
``If we’re not ready to play (Wednesday) after what went on out there, we shouldn’t be in this business.″ _ Karl Malone, following Utah’s 96-54 loss at Chicago in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night. The Jazz point total broke the record for fewest points in an NBA game since the inception of the shot clock.
``This is actually the score? This is the final? I thought it was 196.″ _ Utah coach Jerry Sloan, as he studied the box score of Sunday night’s 96-54 Game 3 blowout.