By Krishna Kosaraju, Staff Reporter, The Pawprint
On Tuesday, January 10th, the Miami Heat played the Oklahoma City Thunder at the FTX Arena. The Heat won 112-111 by making all 40 of their free throw attempts, a new NBA record. Erik Spoelstra, the head coach of the Heat, told reporters afterward, “We’ve been a very good free-throw shooting team all year, but that’s crazy.” He admitted he was unaware they hadn’t missed a free throw until then.
Jimmy Butler, the star player for the Miami Heat, finished the game with 35 points, becoming the first player in league history to do so while making no more than six field goals. The 33-year-old also shared the record for the second-most free throws made without a miss in league history with Dominique Wilkins of the NBA Hall of Fame (James Harden holds the record with 24).
The record capped off a wild night in Miami, where the Heat trailed 111-106 with less than a minute left in the game before rallying to win. The victory raises Miami’s record to 22 wins and 20 losses, while dropping the Thunder to 18 wins and 23 losses.