1996–97 Utah Jazz season

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The 1996–97 NBA season was the Jazz's 23rd season in the National Basketball Association, and 18th season in Salt Lake City, Utah.wikipedia
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1997 NBA playoffs

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In the playoffs, the Jazz got off to a flying start in the first round sweeping the Los Angeles Clippers in three straight games.
This was the first Western Conference title for the Jazz in their 23-year history.

1996–97 Los Angeles Clippers season

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In the playoffs, the Jazz got off to a flying start in the first round sweeping the Los Angeles Clippers in three straight games.
However, in the first round of the playoffs, the Clippers were swept by the top-seeded Utah Jazz in three straight games.

1997 NBA Finals

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After the Jazz took Game 5 at home, Game 6 would be another battle and appeared to be heading for overtime, until Stockton nailed a three-point buzzer beater that launched the Jazz to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history.
The Western Conference champion Utah Jazz took on the Eastern Conference champion Chicago Bulls for the title, with the Bulls holding home court advantage.

1996–97 Houston Rockets season

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In the Western Conference Finals, they took a 2–0 series lead over the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets would win Game 7 and advanced to the Western Conference Finals, only to lose in six games to the Utah Jazz.

1996–97 Chicago Bulls season

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In their first trip to the finals, the Jazz lost in six games to the Chicago Bulls.
In the Eastern Conference Finals, they defeated the Miami Heat in five games to advance to the NBA Finals, where they defeated the Utah Jazz in six games for their fifth title in seven years.

1996–97 Los Angeles Lakers season

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In the semifinals, they continued to roll easily knocking the Los Angeles Lakers four games to one.
However, in the semifinals, they lost in five games to the Utah Jazz.

Utah Jazz

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In 1996–97, the Jazz had the best record in franchise history (64–18), won the Midwest Division and finished with the best record in the Western Conference.