17 Years Ago Today, David Lee Made The Impossible Game-Winner With 0,1 Seconds Left

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On December 20, 2006, during a meaningless regular season game between the New York Knicks and the Charlotte Bobcats, a miracle happened in Madison Square Garden.

David Lee won the game in overtime with a game-winner that went down in history, because it was nearly impossible to achieve, as the time left on the clock read 0.1 seconds.

Everyone in the arena knew that the only way the Knicks could score was with a tip in, and that’s exactly what happened.



The shot only counted because Lee deflected the inbounds pass into the basket. It was the first occurrence of a team winning an NBA game with one-tenth of one second left since the NBA implemented the Trent Tucker Rule in 1990.

The Trent Tucker Rule disallows any regular shot to be taken on the court if the ball is put into play with under 0.3 seconds left in game or shot clock.


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