June 3, 1998
Team Comparison *--* DATE 1998 RESULTS Jan. 24 Utah 101, at Chicago 94 Feb. 4 at Utah 101, Chicago 93 *--* * PLAYOFF HISTORY *--* Year Round Result 1997 Championship Chicago defeated Utah, 4-2 *--* * REGULAR-SEASON STATISTICS *--* Jazz Bulls Overall Record 62-20 62-20 Home Record 36-5 37-4 Road Record 26-15 25-16 Overtime Record 3-0 4-1 First Half 28-13 29-12 Second Half 34-7 33-8 Average Points 101.0 96.7 Opponent Average Points 94.4 89.6 Margin 6.6 7.1 Field-Goal % .490 .
June 18, 2000 |
They have flown over deficits, sprinted past injuries, marched calmly through the most treacherous moments of their professional lives. But these last two months, the most courageous single act I have seen among the Lakers occurs when one is standing still. It is Ron Harper. Every time he opens his mouth.
June 16, 2001 |
After it was over on this steamy June night, after the Lakers had turned away one last charge up the hill by the Philadelphia 76ers' musket brigade, Phil Jackson was smiling. See a player, smile, hug and smile. He repeated the sequence again and again on the floor of the First Union Center, the way he has in arenas in every time zone in the country. He gets the last laugh. Again. The season ends, Phil Jackson lights a cigar. Sounds like Red Auerbach? Get used to it.
May 23, 1998 |
With eight minutes to play in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals and the Utah Jazz clinging to an 82-80 lead over the Lakers, both teams looked to their go-to guys. The Lakers went to Shaquille O'Neal. The Utah Jazz went to Shandon Anderson and Bryon Russell. Mismatch? It sure was. For the Lakers.
June 16, 2003 |
That's two titles, and how many asterisks? Phil Jackson said San Antonio's 1999 title, which followed a lockout-shortened season, should have an asterisk next to it, and his Lakers must have spent the NBA Finals throwing stuff at their TVs as the Spurs struggled, finally coming from 10 points behind in the fourth quarter Sunday night to beat the New Jersey Nets, 88-77, to become champions again.
June 11, 2001 |
No stargazing. No courtside seats. No Lakers, for that matter. No problem. About 10,000 paying customers showed up at Staples Center on Sunday to root on their team from afar, watching Game 3 on the four 16-by-30-foot scoreboard screens. Four thousand tickets were sold at the door--$10 for adults, $5 for kids--making it the largest walk-up crowd for any event in the arena's history. The lower bowl was filled, the middle section was half-filled, and many people sat in the upper deck.
June 25, 1999 |
The New York Knicks, boorishly behaved, profoundly uncuddly but constantly displaying daunting survival skills, summoned every possible point of motivation and morsel of you-don't-believe-in-us spite Thursday as they tried to stay alive past tonight's Game 5 in Madison Square Garden. "Jeff [Van Gundy, the Knick coach] made an excellent point today," said forward Larry Johnson, the surliest Knick but also, not coincidentally, the team's emotional keystone.
June 19, 2001 |
With Tiger Woods out of contention, NBC's weekend ratings for the U.S. Open dropped dramatically while its coverage of the NBA Finals produced increased audiences. Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers had an 11.2 rating and 22 share, a 12% increase over last year's 10.0 and 20 share for Game 5 between the Lakers and Indiana Pacers. For the five-game Finals, NBC averaged a 12.1 rating and 22 share, a 4% increase over the 11.