For this installment of Great Moments in Sports I want to take a look back at probably the greatest comeback in NBA history. On December 9th, 2004 Tracy McGrady scored 13 points in 35 seconds to lead the Houston Rockets to an improbable victory over the San Antonio Spurs. The Rockets had a 76-68 lead with 44 seconds to go in the game. But T-Mac wasn’t going to give up.
He started off his mind-blowing scoring outburst by nailing a 3 with 35 seconds to go.
After getting fouled the Spurs hit 2 free throws to put the score at 78-71 with 29 seconds left. Then Tracy McAwesome dribbled up the court and pump faked Tim Duncan right out of his jockstrap to hit the and-1 3 point shot (he made the free throw to complete the 4 point play).
After fouling, the spurs make the free throws and put the score at 80-75 with 16 seconds to go. Andre Barrett had the ball to inbound, and Tracy McEpic struggled to get open..
When he finally got the ball he ran to the top of the key and shot an awkward 3 that hits the bottom of the net. The Rockets are now down by only 2, 80-78. Spurs call time out to advance to the frontcourt.
Spurs ball, 11 seconds left, no timeouts for either team. Brent Barry inbounds to Bruce Brown who drives baseline and slips on…well, let’s just say he slips on T-Mac’s awesomeness.
Tracy McBadass picks up the ball, drives to the other side of the court, and drains a 3 with 1.7 seconds left!
Wow…Let me take a breath here. Tracy McShouldHaveGotARing was in the zone! Watch the great piece the NBA made below, and then watch the game in real time (the video cut out the Spurs free throws), but watch it and wonder how T-Mac never got a ring.