Bulls 84, Jazz 82
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Michael Jordan’s jumper as time ran out gave the Chicago Bulls an 84-82 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night.
A basket by Mark Eaton gave the Jazz an 82-80 edge with 2:52 remaining, but Utah never scored again, and John Paxson’s jumper tied it with 1:35 left.
Karl Malone, who scored 28 points for Utah, missed a shot with a minute to go, but Eaton blocked a shot by Scottie Pippen. Malone then missed again underneath, and the Bulls rebounded with 16 seconds remaining and called timeout.
Paxson took the inbounds pass and dribbled the clock down to less than two seconds before passing to Jordan, who was covered closely by Jeff Malone, but was able to get off the game-winning shot from about 15 feet.
Jordan led all scorers with 29 points, but B.J. Armstrong was the next- highest with 10. John Stockton had 13 points and 14 assists for Utah.
Jordan scored 13 points and Karl Malone 12 in the first quarter, which saw the Bulls score five points in the final 1.6 seconds for a 23-20 lead.
Chicago scored the first four points of the second quarter for a 27-20 advantage, largest of the game for either team.
The Bulls led 46-42 at halftime, but Utah started the third quarter with an 8-0 run for a four-point lead. Jordan then scored eight points as the Bulls responded with a 10-0 spurt to regain the lead.
Karl Malone, who scored 11 points in the third quarter, led a Jazz comeback that tied the game 64-64 going into the fourth quarter.
″We wanted to get a shot off with no time left on the clock,″ Jordan said of his game-winner. ″Jeff was covering me well, as he always does, but it felt pretty good when I let it go.″
Bulls coach Phil Jackson said he didn’t want a repeat of last year’s game at Salt Lake City, won by Utah 108-107 on Nov. 15.
″Stockton beat us on a last-second shot and we didn’t want that to happen again,″ Jackson said. ″My instructions were to take it with no time left.″
″That was a great shot by Jordan,″ Eaton said. ″But I think our mistakes earlier in the game hurt us more than that particular shot. We gave them too many second and third shots.″
Chicago had 18 offensive rebounds to 12 for Utah.