On December 4th 2004, Rockets guard Tracy McGrady found his team down by 8 points with 34 seconds left in the game versus the Spurs. McGrady would rise to the occasion and lead his team to an 81-80 victory.
The Spurs were leading 76-68 with less than a minute remaining. It all started with a tough three from McGrady with 35 seconds left. The Rockets would proceed to foul Devin Brown who would make his 2 free throws.
McGrady would take the ball the length of the floor, take Tim Duncan on the switch and throw a pump fake from the three point line to get Duncan in the air. He managed to draw contact and make a 4-point play. On the next possession the Rockets would foul Duncan who was also perfect from the line, making 2 out of 2.
The Rockets called a timeout being down 5 with 16.2 seconds to go. They barely got the ball inbounds to McGrady who would make another tough three pointer with a great defender in Bruce Bowen all over him. The Spurs would then take a time out and inbound the ball to Devin Brown expecting him to get fouled. But he tried to get away, slipped and turned over the ball. McGrady would of course get the ball, sprinting to the other end and hit a transition pull up three over Manu Ginobili with 1.7. seconds left. Tony Parker tried to respond but there was not enough time left as the Rockets stole the game.
In the end McGrady would finish the game with 33 points, as 13 of those 33 points came in the last 35 seconds as the Rockets won in a low scoring game 80-81.
McGrady said after the game: "We were down two, and the only thing I could think of was a three-pointer. I felt like anything I threw up was going in." Till this day one of the most memorable comebacks in NBA History.