The Windy City has seen better days as of late. This season, the Bulls have been embarrassed by Toronto 78-110 at home, lost to the previously one-win New Jersey Nets and went 1-5 on a vicious road trip to close out November. But what happened last night in the United Center has to make Bulls’ fans cringe with disappointment.
You’re in your building and have the Sacramento Kings down 35 points in the second half. You’re up 35 points, where even in the NBA, it’s all but considered a guaranteed victory…Uh, for the most part. That is until Tyreke Evans, Ime Udoka and the rest of the Kings not only overcame their huge deficit, but they win by four points in regulation. For the Kings to swing this game in their favor, on the road, and without the aid of Kevin Martin, is absurd. So absurd that it got me thinking of a few other exciting comebacks in recent memory.
The Celtics over the Lakers in Game 4 of the 2008 Playoffs, Reggie Miller’s 11-seconds of mayhem at the Garden and – from our own Austin Burton’s findings – the ’99 Oregon/USC game, all blazed through the comeback trail.
My personal favorite: in December of 2004, Tracy McGrady single-handedly destroyed the San Antonio Spurs with a 13-point barrage over the span of 35 seconds.
Houston was down 68-76 when McGrady went to work with just over 35 ticks to go in the game. Three-pointer, bam. Four-point play, bam; seven points in twelve seconds. San Antonio would hit two more free throws to bring them up to 80 points; it would be their last of the game. After McGrady hit another three-point leaner, the Rockets got a steal on the other end and…I’ll just let the highlight speak for itself, thank you Marv.
McGrady finished with 33 points on 5-12 shooting from three; four of those five coming in the last half minute. Houston won 81-80.
On a final fun fact: The rest of the Rockets – sans McGrady and Yao – combined for just 21 points on 8-38 shooting. I guess that’s what Reece Gaines, Ryan Bowen, Scott Padgett, Andre Barrett and an aging Bob Sura will do for ya.
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