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1997 NBA Finals
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Team Coach Wins
Chicago Bulls Phil Jackson 4
Utah Jazz Jerry Sloan 2
Dates: June 1–13
MVP: Michael Jordan
(Chicago Bulls)
Eastern Finals: Bulls defeat Heat, 4–1
Western Finals: Jazz defeat Rockets, 4–2

The 1997 NBA Finals was the concluding series of the 1997 NBA Playoffs that determined the champion of the 1996–97 NBA season.

The Western Conference champion Utah Jazz took on the defending NBA champion and Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls for the title, with the Bulls holding home court advantage. The series were played under a best-of-seven format, with the first 2 games in Chicago, the next 3 games in Salt Lake City, and the last 2 games in Chicago.

The Bulls won the series 4 games to 2. For the fifth time in as many Finals appearances, Michael Jordan was named NBA Finals MVP.

The Bulls and Jazz won a combined 133 regular season games, second most in Finals history. Until 2016, the 1997 NBA Finals was the last to feature teams that won a total of at least 130 regular season games.

1997 NBA Playoffs

Utah Jazz (Western Conference Champion) Chicago Bulls (Eastern Conference Champion)
64–18 (.780)

1st Midwest, 1st West, 2nd Overall

Regular season 69–13 (.841)

1st Central, 1st East, 1st Overall

Defeated the (8) Los Angeles Clippers, 3–0 First Round Defeated the (8) Washington Bullets, 3–0
Defeated the (4) Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1 Conference Semifinals Defeated the (4) Atlanta Hawks, 4–1
Defeated the (3) Houston Rockets, 4–2 Conference Finals Defeated the (2) Miami Heat, 4–1

Series summary

Game Date Home Team Result Road Team
Game 1 June 1 Chicago 84–82 Utah
Game 2 June 4 Chicago 97–85 Utah
Game 3 June 6 Utah 104–93 Chicago
Game 4 June 8 Utah 78–73 Chicago
Game 5 June 11 Utah 88–90 Chicago
Game 6 June 13 Chicago 90–86 Utah
Preceded by
NBA Finals
Succeeded by