What’s essentially the most thrilling play in basketball? A posterizing dunk? A block swatted 10 rows into the stands? A sweet-swishing 3-pointer from downtown?
Likelihood is you didn’t say, “Constant free-throw capturing.”
However the humble free throw had its second Tuesday night time in Miami when the Warmth set an N.B.A. file, taking and making 40 free throws with out a miss.
The Warmth have been led by an in-the-zone Jimmy Butler, who made 23 of 23 from the stripe. No different Miami participant had greater than six. Their opponents, the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, have been comparative bricklayers, capturing 14 for 21.
Each a kind of 40 Warmth freebies was wanted. Miami gained, 112-111. The deciding level, which got here with 12 seconds left, was, after all, a Butler free throw.
Butler ended with 35 factors, but wanted solely six area targets (on 17 pictures) to succeed in that complete.
The Warmth broke a file that was held by two groups. The Utah Jazz shot 39 for 39 in 1982 (Danny Schayes was 14 for 14), tying a mark first set by the 1953 Fort Wayne Pistons (the Stuyvesant Excessive Faculty and Columbia College graduate and eventual convicted level shaver Jack Molinas was 11 for 11).
There have been a few shut calls. In 2000, the Indiana Pacers have been 40 for 41 (Jermaine O’Neal missed one). In 1950, the Washington Capitols have been 44 for 45. Dick O’Keefe missed his solely free throw, and the crew folded earlier than the season was over. These two issues weren’t associated, in all probability.
By way of free throws made, 40 is way from the file. That was set by the Phoenix Suns in 1990 once they shot 61 for 80. Although Suns followers have been handled to a free-throw bonanza that night time, the success charge was a pedestrian .763.
Earlier than you dismiss the Warmth’s feat on Tuesday, contemplate that free throws are removed from gimmes. N.B.A. groups this season are making about 78 of each 100 free throws. However that also leaves 22 that miss.
In maybe the worst crew efficiency ever, the Detroit Pistons in some way shot 3 for 17 in a 2017 recreation (they have been additionally 3 for 23 from 3-point vary and misplaced to the Pelicans by 23). The enlargement Toronto Raptors maintain the “file,” with a .000 free-throw proportion in a recreation in 1996. However it comes with an asterisk: They have been in some way awarded solely three complete free-throw makes an attempt within the recreation.
The person file 0-fer goes to the legendarily poor free-throw-shooting Shaquille O’Neal, who was 0 for 11 in a 2000 recreation with the Los Angeles Lakers. However worse nonetheless, maybe, was Chris Dudley’s horrifying 1-for-18 effort in 1990 with the Nets. In a promotion between quarters, a blindfolded spectator made the identical variety of free throws as Dudley did all recreation.
As for Butler, his 23-for-23 mark on Tuesday was oh-so-close to the person file. James Harden was 24 for twenty-four in December 2019. Adrian Dantley of the Jazz was an agonizing 28 for 29 in 1984.
Dantley can also be close to the highest on the subject of complete free throws made in a recreation. He had video games with 26, 27 and 28 free throws made within the Nineteen Eighties, though none of them have been good. Bob Cousy was 30 for 31 in a 1953 four-overtime playoff recreation.
Dantley’s 28 tied the regular-season file, which was set by Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors, who made 28 of 32 free throws in a recreation in March 1962 recreation towards the Knicks that was performed in Hershey, Pa. The feat was scandalously ignored on the time, as followers and journalists targeted on another statistic. One thing about 100 factors.
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