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John Stockton and Karl Malone were dialed in throughout their Utah Jazz careers together, amassing a combined 24 All Star selections and. Like all relationships, there is the occasional argument (Malone yelled once at Stockton during a game, and Stockton said, ''You better talk nice. Karl Malone and John Stockton have never really gotten the respect they deserve because they never won an NBA championship. That is.
Malone made his first All-Star Game in on the strength of This was the first of 14 consecutive All-Star appearances for Malone. In the seventh game of the series, Malone scored 31 points and had 15 rebounds, but the Lakers beat the Jazz —98 and eventually won the NBA Finals. In 11 playoff games inMalone averaged The Jazz finished 51—31, but were swept in three games in the first round by the Golden State Warriors.
The Jazz, finishing the season 55—27, lost to the Phoenix Suns within five games in the first round of the playoffsin which Malone averaged For the second straight season, Malone finished second in the league in points per game behind Michael Jordan. He was among four Jazz players with double-figure scoring averages, the others being the newly acquired Jeff Malone no relation as well as John Stockton and Thurl Bailey. In four games, the Jazz eliminated the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs but lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round.
In the West's — overtime win, Malone scored 28 points and pulled in 10 rebounds. In his ninth season, Malone led the Jazz in scoring However, Malone made only 8 of 29 field goals that night and commented post-game: Tomorrow's headline is going to be all those easy shots I missed. Midway into the fourth quarter, Malone and Olajuwon scored in four consecutive possessions by their teams, leading up to a 93—93 tie.
In addition, the team won 15 consecutive away games the best such streak by the team, then the second-best streak in the league. In the playoffsthe Jazz lost to the Houston Rockets for the second consecutive year, this time in the first round. On January 13,Malone renewed his contract with the Jazz. Western Conference championship years — [ edit ] Malone returned from a gold medal winning-effort at the Summer Olympics leading the Jazz to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances.
During the —97 season, Malone put up a resurgent The Jazz beat them in six games the last victory coming on a last-second shot by Stockton.
Malone struggled from the field, going 6 of 20 for 20 points in Game 2. However the Jazz won the next two games at the Delta Center behind Malone's 37 points in Game 3 and 23 in Game 4, including a game-winning fastbreak lay-up off a spectacular assist by Stockton in the last minute. The Bulls took the next two games and the series, with Malone struggling from the foul line in Game 6. The next season saw the Jazz once again dominate.
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Malone put up 27 points per game and just missed out on his second MVP award, losing to Jordan. Nevertheless, the Jazz posted a 62—20 record, which was the best in the NBA. The Jazz once again were seated at the top of the Western Conference, and in the playoffs they defeated the RocketsSpursand Lakers via a sweep en route to their second consecutive Finals appearance.
The rematch with the Chicago Bulls would start differently, as Malone put up 21 points and the Jazz won Game 1, 88— Malone found himself unable to put up consistently high numbers, due in large part to the swarming defense of defenders Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen.
Malone scored his 39 points on for shooting and also made 9 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1 turnover. Many of his shots were "mid-range turnaround jumpers from the left side". Although the Jazz held leads of 49—45 by halftime and 66—61 after the third quarter, the team squandered their lead in the fourth and would lose after Malone lost a pass in the post.
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John Stockton missed a game-winning jump shot. Jordan's shot has been dubbed the "greatest shot" of his career, and the Bulls' title was their third consecutive championship and sixth since Miller and the Utah media, which he dubbed "goons".
They lost in the second round that year to the Trail Blazersand for the next several years the Jazz fell out of title contention.
The Jazz won Game 5 of the second-round round against the Blazers 88—71 to force a sixth game, and Malone scored 23 points.
Most steals in NBA history with 3, NBA record nine seasons in leading the league in assists. Only player in NBA history to average at least 14 assists per game in a season two times. It takes a team to win a championship.
And those Stockton-Malone Jazz teams for 18 years were a two-man show. The fact that both players were able to carry the Jazz to two straight NBA finals in and in is impressive enough with the limited amount of depth around them. Inthe Jazz had arguably the toughest road to the NBA finals in history. Check out the players the Jazz faced: Jazz won the series The Jazz won the series The Bulls won the series In fact, Malone and Stockton never lost to the Spurs in the playoffs.
Production is more important than rings when evaluating historic players.
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If rings are the ultimate deciding factor for NBA Hall of Fame players, why isn't Bill Russell with his 11 rings considered better than Jordan who has six rings? Malone and Stockton carried a burden for the Jazz that very few players in NBA history could ever carry.