Remembering Tracy McGrady’s Dunk On Shawn Bradley & Forgotten Game-Winner In The Same Game
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On this date in history (2005), Tracy McGrady “sucked the gravity right out of the building” by posterizing Shawn Bradley in Game 2 of the Rockets first-round series with the Dallas Mavs. It remains one of the best dunks of all-time and the most memorable poster on Bradley and that’s saying a lot — especially if you remember Shaq’s dunk on Bradley in the early 90s.
What many people don’t remember about this day was the Rockets taking a 2-0 lead on the Mavs, in Dallas, behind an impressive 28 points, 10 assists, 8 boards, 3 steals, 3 blocks, and a game-winner! Yes, T-Mac ended this game with a game-winning jumper and some more mean-muggin’ that sucked the souls of Mavs fans right out of the building.
Now, this is the part where Rockets fans choose to remain forgetful. The Rockets returned home to H-Town, lost back-to-back games, went back to Dallas, and lost another. The Rockets convincingly beat the Mavs by 18 in Game 6 and then were just murdered in Game 7. Like McGrady on Bradley murder! McGrady and Yao Ming did what they could in the final game with 61 combined points but the rest of the Rockets scored just 15 total points as the well-balanced Mavs team put up 116.