On Dec. 9, 2004, the Rockets needed 13 points to top the Spurs, 81-80. That they did so within the final 33 seconds is perhaps unprecedented in an NBA game. That they all came from one man, Tracy McGrady, is one of the great NBA scorers of the 21st century.
"I wanted to take my chances," McGrady said. "At that point,
I felt anything I threw up was going to go in. The rim felt really,
McGrady scored 13 points in the final 35 seconds, including four
difficult 3s, to finish with 33 points, eight rebounds and five
steals in a terrific clutch performance.
"It was unbelievable," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich,
shaking his head. "End of story. Guys get hot."
"They played a great last 50 seconds ... Tracy did," said a
sullen Tim Duncan. "They found a way to win and it was a tough
loss for us."
"I haven't seen anybody do something like that before," Brown
said of McGrady. "He was just hitting shot after shot. He was
"I swear, I've never been a part of anything like that,"
McGrady said. "That was like the best feeling to me, just to have
my teammates embrace me and just jumping on me like that. That was
a great feeling."
Then, he smiled.
"For all those fans who left the game early ... ya'll missed a
great game," he said.
Tracy McGrady was one of the best NBA scorers after Michael Jordan Era. He won two NBA scoring awards (2003, 2004). If we look at Kobe Bryant, he also had two NBA scoring awards (2006, 2007), and 13-14 years ago, everyone talks about Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady and Kobe Bryant.
The interesting fact is that Tracy McGrady' last game was for the San Antonio Spurs, three years ago. The Spurs ended up advancing to the Finals, losing to the Miami Heat, with McGrady seeing his first-ever minutes in an NBA Finals.