Utah Jazz in History

Events in Sport

Sports History

1981-12-01 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar passes Oscar Robertson (26,710) to become the NBA’s second all-time leading scorer behind Wilt Chamberlain; scores 14 points in 117-86 Lakers' win over Utah Jazz in Los Angeles

NBA All-Star Game

1989-02-12 39th NBA All-Star Game, Astrodome, Houston, Texas West beats East, 143-134; MVP: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz, forward

  • 1990-11-02 First regular season game played outside North America by any major professional sports league the NBA's Phoenix Suns beat the Utah Jazz, 119-96 at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in Japan
  • 1991-11-07 1st NBA game in Delta City, Utah Jazz beats Seattle 103-95
  • 1993-01-14 Utah Jazz center Mark Eaton blocks 2 shots in a 96-89 win over Seattle SuperSonics; becomes only 2nd player in NBA history (along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) to record 3,000 career blocks

NBA All-Star Game

1993-02-21 43rd NBA All-Star Game, Delta Center, Salt Lake City, UT: West beats East, 135-132 (OT); MVPs: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz F; John Stockton, Utah Jazz, PG

  • 1995-02-01 Utah Jazz guard John Stockton passes Magic Johnson's all-time NBA assists mark of 9,221, in a 129-98 win over the Denver Nuggets at the Delta Centre in Salt Lake City
  • 1997-06-13 51st NBA Championship: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz 4, games to 2
  • 1998-01-10 Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan wins his 600th NBA game with a 111-84 victory at the Houston Rockets

NBA Finals

1998-06-14 NBA Finals: Chicago Bulls beat Utah Jazz, 87-86 in Game 6 for their 3rd consecutive title and 6th in 8 seasons; MVP: Michael Jordan for 3rd straight year and 6th time

  • 2000-01-29 Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz becomes the 3rd player in NBA history to score 30,000 career points; finishes with 35 in a 96-94 loss to Minnesota; behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Wilt Chamberlain (31,419)
  • 2020-03-11 NBA suspends 2019-20 season until further notice after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tests positive for COVID-19

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1942-03-28 Jerry Sloan, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Utah Jazz 1988-2011) and shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1967, 69; Chicago Bulls), born in McLeansboro, Illinois (d. 2020)
  • 1954-09-30 John Drew, American basketball small forward (NBA All-Star 1976, 80; Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz), born in Vredenburgh, Alabama (d. 2022)
  • 1955-02-28 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic gold 1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1957-01-24 Mark Eaton, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1989; NBA Defensive Player of the Year 1985, 89; Utah Jazz), born in Westminster, California (d. 2021)
  • 1959-02-16 (Peter) Kelly Tripucka, American NBA forward, 1981-91, 2X All-Star (Detroit Pistons, Utah Jazz, Cahrlotte Hornets), born in Glenn Ridge New Jersey
  • 1961-06-28 Jeff Malone, American basketball guard (NBA All-Star 1986, 87; Utah Jazz, Washington Bullets), born in Mobile, Alabama

John StocktonJohn Stockton (60 years old)

1962-03-26 American NBA guard (Utah Jazz, Olympic gold 1996), born in Spokane, Washington

  • 1963-05-03 Jeff Hornacek, American basketball player and coach, born in Elmhurst, Illinois

Karl MaloneKarl Malone (59 years old)

1963-07-24 American Basketball Hall of Fame forward (NBA MVP 1997, 99; 14 x NBA All Star; Utah Jazz; Olympic gold 1992, 96), born in Summeerfield, Louisiana

  • 1966-01-20 Chris Morris, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1966-10-30 Quin Snyder, American basketball coach (NBA All-Star Game head coach 2021; Utah Jazz; University of Missouri), born in Mercer Island, Washington
  • 1968-05-09 David Benoit, NBA forward (Utah Jazz, NJ Nets)
  • 1968-10-03 Greg Foster, American basketball center and coach (NBA C'ship 2001 LA Lakers), born in Oakland, California
  • 1970-02-22 Adam Keefe, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Irvine, California
  • 1970-12-31 Bryon Russell, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in San Bernardino, California
  • 1972-02-23 Jamie Watson, NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1973-03-06 Greg Ostertag, NBA center (Utah Jazz)
  • 1973-12-13 Shandon Anderson, American NBA forward (Utah Jazz), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1975-02-11 Jacque Vaughn, American basketball guard (Utah Jazz) and coach (Orlando Magic), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1976-05-31 Matt Harpring, American basketball player (Utah Jazz) and analyst, born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1978-12-02 Jarron Collins, American NBA basketball center, 2001-11 (Utah Jazz and 3 other teams); assistant coach (Golden State Warriors NBA C'ships 2015, 17-18; New Orleans Pelicans), born in Northridge, California
  • 1987-10-11 Mike Conley Jr., American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 2021; Utah Jazz, Memphis Grizzlies), born in Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • 1996-09-07 Donovan Mitchell, American NBA player (Utah Jazz), born in Elmsford, New York

Deaths in Sport

  • 2009-02-20 Larry H. Miller, American businessman and owner of NBA's Utah Jazz, died of complications from type-2 diabetes at 64
  • 2020-05-22 Jerry Sloan, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Utah Jazz 1988-2011) and shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1967, 69; Chicago Bulls), dies from Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia at 78
  • 2021-05-28 Mark Eaton, American basketball center (NBA All-Star 1989; NBA Defensive Player of the Year 1985, 89; Utah Jazz), dies after a bicycle accident at 64
  • 2022-04-10 John Drew, American basketball small forward (NBA All-Star 1976, 80; Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz), dies from bone cancer at 67