The Bulls held the Jazz to 54 points in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1998

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The Bulls shutdown the Utah Jazz at home in Chicago. They won 96-54 to take a 2-1 series lead.

This was one of the most lopsided games in postseason history. Karl Malone was the only Jazz player to score in double figures. He finished with 22 points and went 8-11 on field goal attempts but also had seven turnovers. The rest of the team went 13-59 on field goal attempts.

Utah set the record record for fewest points in a playoff game since the NBA began to use the 24-second shot clock.

Michael Jordan finished with 24 points to lead the Bulls. The blowout allowed the Bulls to give a little extra rest to their veteran stars, including Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman.

The Jazz had just nine points in the fourth quarter and 23 in the second half.

Ironically, in 1986, Jordan scored 63 points in a postseason game against the Boston Celtics.

The Jazz battled back in the series but Jordan and the Bulls prevailed in six games to win their third consecutive championship.

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