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12/09/2004: T-Mac’s marquee moment

On this day 15 years ago, Tracy McGrady turned a late eight-point deficit into the most improbable win in NBA history.

Down 76-68 with 36 seconds left (a score that perfectly sums up the mid-2000s), McGrady scored 13 points over the next 33 seconds -- four 3-pointers with one and-one -- to beat the Spurs. The game-winner, in front of a half-empty Toyota Center, is GIFed above; you can watch the whole sequence here.

The game also serves as a great summary of McGrady’s career -- a player capable of unbelievable basketball feats, whose best moments came when there wasn’t a whole lot hanging in the balance.


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