The day was May 29th 1997. The Utah Jazz hold a 3-2 lead in the series heading back to Houston for Game 6 where Hakeem Olajuwon, Charles Barkley and Clyde Drexler await. Late in the 4th quarter Houston holds a 96-86 lead on the Jazz and it looks as though they will force a game 7 back in Utah to try and win the conference finals but John Stockton and the Jazz were not about to give up on this chance to go to their first NBA finals. The Jazz finish the game on a 17-4 run including a John Stockton 3 a the buzzer that is the most iconic shot in Utah Jazz history.
John Stockton took over late in the game scoring 15 of his 25 team high points in the 4th quarter. Stockton was 8-15 from the field including 3-6 from 3, he also chipped in his expected 13 assists and 2 steals. Karl Malone had 24 points shooting 11-24 from the field and also had 11 rebound on the game. Greg Ostertag made huge defensive plays all game long for the Jazz clogging up the middle and forcing tough shots at the rim. He was the 3rd Jazz member to have a double double in Game 6 with 16 points and 14 rebounds, a perfect 6-6 from the field and 4-4 from the free throw line.
This day will forever be one of the greatest days in Utah Jazz history. This game is burned into every Jazz fans brain that was lucky enough to watch it. We all can still hear the words ringing in our ears “John Stockton sends the Utah Jazz to the NBA Finals” to go with Stockton jumping up and down and Malone running over to grab his teammate and embrace him. The game, shot and sounds will never be forgotten and we will always remember that game 17 years ago, the biggest game in Utah Jazz history.