June 13, 1997. Exactly 12 years ago, Michael Jordan and his favored Chicago Bulls continued its history-altering run, winning its fifth NBA championship in the last seven years following its pulsating 90-86 victory over the Utah Jazz at the jam packed United Center.
Jordan averaged 31.1 points in 19 playoff games during the 1997 season as he led the Bulls to a 4-2 series conquest of the Utah Jazz en route to bagging his fifth NBA Finals Most Valuable Player trophy.
Chicago added Utah to its swelling list of Finals victims, which already included the Los Angeles Lakers (1991), then led by Magic Johnson; the Portland Trail Blazers (1992) behind Clyde Drexler and Phoenix Suns (1993) led by Charles Barkley and Kevin Johnson.
Chicago coach Phil Jackson was the man behind the Bulls’ dominant run during the 1990s, where he used the triangle offense invented by Tex Winter.