It was April 18, 2005.
FedEx Forum was playing host to a late-season clash between Miller's 44-win Grizzlies and the 59-win San Antonio Spurs. With playoff implications on both sides of the equation, the teams treated fans to a back-and-forth battle that went unsettled until the game's last second.
Memphis struck the first blow and carried a 10-point edge into intermission. But the more seasoned Spurs responded with a 24-16 edge in the third quarter, setting the stage for a thrilling finish.
The Spurs tested that assumption, though, and built a six-point lead on a pair of Manu Ginobili free throws with 1:49 left in regulation.
From that point on, it was simply Miller time. After Stromile Swift split two free throws, Miller finished a strong drive at the rim then added a triple on the ensuing possession.
With the score knotted at 90, Tim Duncan calmly buried his trademark 15-footer to give the Spurs a two-point advantage with just 28 seconds left in the game. But Miller responded with another layup less than six seconds later.
Robert Horry, a crunch-time shooter whose late-game exploits earned him the nickname "Big Shot Bob," failed to deliver and Pau Gasol devoured the miss. The Grizzlies had one last chance to save face in front of their home fans but needed someone capable of creating magic in 1.8 seconds or less.
Miller was that magician. He set a solid back screen, leaving two defenders chasing one offensive player toward the rim. He curled out of the pick, caught Jason Williams' inbounds pass, turned and fired.
The ball ripped through the nylon as the buzzer sounded. Game over. Grizzlies win.