'The Last Dance' Movie: How to Watch, Livestream ESPN's Special Telecast of Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals

The Last Dance may be over, but fans suffering from withdrawal symptoms after five weeks punctuated by ESPN's 10-part documentary chronicling Michael Jordan's final season with the Chicago Bulls can still get their fix.

On Wednesday night, ESPN will broadcast Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals in its entirety. Jordan's final game with the Bulls has gone down in folklore and was the focus of the final two episodes of The Last Dance, which aired on Sunday.

A presentation of ESPN Films, the telecast marks the first time Jordan's last appearance with the Bulls will be available to watch in high definition. Those expecting ESPN to simply broadcast a re-run of Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, however, will be surprised.

Game 6: The Movie will feature exclusive, never-before-seen game footage, captured by five different NBA Entertainment cameras on June 14, 1998.

After sitting for 22 years in the NBA's archives, the league has allowed ESPN to use the footage.

"It's not often sports fans get the chance to view an entire game in a truly cinematic form. Viewers will now have that opportunity," ESPN's executive producer Gregg Winik said in a statement.

"The film footage paired with the original telecast commentary creates a unique multi-media experience the likes of which have never been seen before. Now that the world intimately knows The Last Dance cast of characters, Game 6: The Movie is the perfect epilogue."

The telecast will feature the original commentary provided for the live game telecast by an NBC team of Bob Costas as the play-by-play announcer, with Isiah Thomas and Doug Collins as color analysts.

Ahmad Rashad, who like the aforementioned trio appeared in The Last Dance, and Jim Gray were the sidelines reporters.

The 1998 NBA Finals garnered the highest Nielsen TV ratings in NBA history at 18.7 and Game 6 was the most-watched game in the history of the NBA Finals.

Here's all you need to know ahead of Wednesday night.

When is Game 6: The Movie released?

The game will be broadcast on Wednesday, May 20 at 9 p.m. ET. Prior to that, Episode 9 and 10 of The Last Dance will air at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET respectively.

Where can I watch Game 6: The Movie?

The special telecast will air exclusively on ESPN, with a livestream available on ESPN's website and the ESPN App.

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With 5.2 seconds left in the game Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls (C) aims and shoots the game-winning jump shot as Bryon Russell of the Utah Jazz (L) drives at Jordan's feet during Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 14, 1998. The Bulls won the game 87-86 to win their sixth NBA championship in Jordan's final game with the franchise. Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty

Why is Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals iconic?

Two words. Michael. Jordan. With the Bulls chasing a second three-peat, Jordan took the floor at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City knowing the game could be his final with the franchise that had selected him in the NBA Draft 14 years earlier.

As detailed by The Last Dance, the Bulls knew their team would be broken apart at the end of the season and that a sixth title in eight seasons would not be enough to convince the team's front office to keep Phil Jackson in charge.

Jordan did indeed end his Bulls career on that June night and, typically, he did so in incredibly brilliant fashion. With the 41.9 seconds left, Jazz guard John Stockton hit a three-pointer to give Utah an 86-83 lead and put the home side on the brink of a win that would have forced the series to a Game 7.

Jordan quickly cut the deficit to one point with a layup, keeping the pressure on the hosts. With Utah up 86-85 and 22 seconds left, Jazz forward Karl Malone posted up and received the ball, while being guarded by Dennis Rodman.

With Malone looking over his left shoulder, Jordan arrived from his blindside and stripped "The Mailman" of the ball, before dribbling down the court.

The Bulls opted to not call a timeout, leaving Jordan one-on-one with Russell, the Jazz's best perimeter defender.

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With the clock ticking down to 10 seconds, MJ took on Russell by stepping left-to-right towards the elbow, before suddenly crossing over back to his left and raising to shoot.

With Russell off balance and scrambling to stay on his feet, Jordan released the final jumper of his Bulls career, giving his team an ultimately crucial lead with 5.2 seconds left.

The Jazz subsequently called time out, before Stockton's three-pointer hit the rim, sealing the Bulls' second consecutive wins against the Jazz in the Finals, a second three-peat and Jordan's sixth title.

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