Monday Memories relives an individual performance that we never get sick of watching – Tracy McGrady’s unforgettable 13 points in 35 seconds to lift Houston Rockets to a stunning victory over San Antonio Spurs in 2004.
The Rockets trailed by eight when T-Mac drained a three with 35 seconds on the clock in the fourth quarter, before producing a freakish 4-point play with 24 seconds left – hitting a miraculous three after being fouled by Tim Duncan – that reduced the deficit to just three.
McGrady’s three with 11 seconds on the timepiece was just about the pick of the bunch, taking a difficult in-bound pass with two Spurs all over him before sinking a ridiculous off-balance bucket – despite the attention of renowned defender Bruce Bowen – and trimming the gap to two.
The Spurs were unable to score on the resultant possession, the red-hot McGrady took off on the fast break, pulled up and nailed a phenomenal, game-winning three with 1.7 seconds to play.
Rockets 81, Spurs 80 – and McGrady into NBA folklore. In fact, the iconic display from 12 years ago has been mentioned on Twitter 14 times in the three weeks.
Tracy Mcgrady scored 13 points in 33 seconds you can text me back within a minute.
— Shemmy (@LittleBigShemmy) October 13, 2016