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Memorable moments, 1991-1996

Memorable moments, 1991-1996
Jan. 14, 1993 ? Mark Eaton blocks two consecutive shots to earn his 3,000th blocked shot against Seattle, making him only the second player in NBA history to block more than 3,000 shots. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the first. "It's nice to do something in my career that might make me stand out from other players," Eaton said that night. "Maybe somewhere down the line, somebody will say, 'Mark Eaton -- he was pretty good at blocking shots.' "

Summer 1992 ? John Stockton and Karl Malone help the U.S. win the Olympic gold medal in the 1992 Summer Games in Barcelona, the first Olympics in which FIA allowed professional NBA players to participate. The Dream Team won with an average margin of victory of 43.8 points, with the closest contest being the 117-85 win over Croatia in the gold medal game. Malone averages 13 points and 5.3 rebounds and plays in all eight games. Stockton plays in four, averaging 2.8 points and finishing with eight assists.

Dec. 4, 1993 ? The Jazz honor their popular former player Darrell Griffith, nicknamed "Golden Griff" and "Dr. Dunkenstein," by retiring his number, 35. Griffith played his entire career with the Jazz and averaged 16.2 points during his career. He is the fourth-leading scorer in franchise history, with 12,391 points. He also ranks third in three-point field goals made (530), third in field goals attempted (11,305), third in field goals made (5,237), fourth in games played (765), fourth in minutes played (21,403) and fourth in steals (931).

Jan. 24, 1994 ? Jazz coach Jerry Sloan becomes the franchise's all-time winningest coach, passing Frank Layden, when he picks up his 278th win after Utah beat Seattle 95-90. Layden finished his NBA coaching career with a record of 277-294. Sloan entered the 2008-09 season with a record of 995-596, the most games coached and won with one franchise.

Feb. 20, 1996 ? John Stockton breaks the NBA all-time record for steals (2,311) previously held by Maurice Cheeks, by nabbing two steals against Boston. He also sets a team record for three-pointers by recording No. 531 in the game. Stockton moves ahead in the steals category little more than a year after passing Magic Johnson as the NBA's all-time assist leader.


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