On This Date: Tracy McGrady’s first game as a Knick

February 20th 2010: Tracy McGrady scores 26 points in his Knicks debut

Tracy McGrady had an auspicious debut with the Knicks, scoring 26 points in a 121-118 overtime loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder and the trio of Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, & James Harden. T-Mac scored 19 in the 1st half and had 24 points with nearly 8 minutes left in the 3rd.

The game also marked the Knick debut of Eddie House and Sergio Rodriguez. The Knicks acquired House from the Celtics in exchange for Nate Robinson. House scored 24 points on 4-8 from three while Sergio had a meager debut with 5 points and 6 assists.

Ultimately Kevin Durant was too much for the Knicks to handle. Durant scored 36 points and had the game-tying basket with seconds left in regulation. He later hit the game-clinching FTs in overtime to seal the victory.

McGrady’s debut was impressive mainly because he missed most of the season so far due to recovering from a microfracture surgery on his left knee. Additionally, the Rockets held T-Mac out of games in order to find a team to acquire him. By this time in his career, injuries zapped all of his remaining athleticism and the then-30 year-old T-Mac looked more like a relic of his old self. Rust bothered him through most of his Knick tenure and he was never able to consistently provide the same effort he provided in his Knick debut. McGrady spent the final years of his basketball career with the Detroit Pistons, Atlanta Hawks, and the San Antonio Spurs.

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