Basketball: Jordan's leap beats buzzer

Utah Jazz gave Chicago Bulls the slightest of openings and the defending champions leaped straight through when Michael Jordan's jumper at the buzzer produced an 84-82 victory in the opening game of the NBA finals in Chicago on Sunday.

Utah's Karl Malone, who normally thrives at the free throw line, glanced two shots off the rim with nine seconds to go and the score 82-82. Jordan got the rebound of the second miss and the Bulls called a time-out. Scottie Pippen inbounded to Toni Kukoc, who got the ball to Jordan and he drained the shot with consummate skill.