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Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:25 am
Edited on: January 13, 2012 1:51 am
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Posted by Ben Golliver howard-free-throw

Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard set an all-time NBA record for free throws attempted in a game by shooting 39 free throws during a Thursday night win over the Golden State Warriors.

Howard shattered the previous record set by Hall of Fame center Wilt Chamberlain, who attempted 34 free throws for the Philadelphia Warriors in a February 22, 1962 game against the St. Louis Hawks. Chamberlain's record stood for more than 49 years.

Howard connected on 21 of his 39 attempts, finishing with 45 points on 12-21 shooting in 44 minutes. The 45 points matched his regular season career-high, set in a February 17, 2009 game against the Charlotte Bobcats.

His previous best for free throw attempts in a game was 24, which he had done four times.

Warriors center Andris Biedrins and forward David Lee both fouled out of the game. Reserve big man Ekpe Udoh was also whistled for five fouls. The Warriors announced earlier Thursday that starting center Kwame Brown is out for at least three months after he tore a muscle in his chest that will require surgery to fix.

The Magic defeated the Warriors, 117-109, at Oracle Arena.
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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:23 am
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

Unbelievable! Just to put that in perspective. The Miami Heat as a team, lead the NBA in free throw attempts currently with 29.2 attempts per game. That is 10 less than Dwight Howard attempted alone in that game! Wow! Too bad he only was able to make 21 of them, guess it wasn't too bad of a strategy for Golden State...........



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:03 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

And finally, there are plenty of examples of players with large hands who managed free throws just fine.  Dr. J had monster hands and was in the 75-80% range (twelve inches from his wrist to the tip of his middle finger, reportedly.)  Howard has issues with his whole body in how he shoots -- as in he's not using his legs and toes, he's not even using his whole arm, it's just a herky-jerk shotput flip, nothing smooth about it at all.  His hand size is the least of his problems.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:40 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

(In the meantime, Mr. Not-so-arrogant announces that playing for Golden State is beneath him.)



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:37 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

arrogance (n) offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing

like demanding a trade because you think your teammates suck?  Like calling yourself Superman when you've only got half a game?  Gosh, you're right.  Why would anyone think that he's arrogant?



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

There are two sides to the argument pertaining to Howard's free throw shooting.  I want to hit both of them.  For starters, it is my belief that this is his craft and he should constantly work at improving all aspects of his game, not just this one.  For those critical of Howard or Shaq or other big men who struggle from the line I encourage you to do this.  Go to the free throw line and try to shoot a regulation size softball instead of a basketball.  What you will find is that your hands literally swallow up the ball preventing the touch necessary for freethrow accuracy.  The same is true of Dwight Howard.  Secondly, Howard's problem is that the ball rests flat on his palms when holding the ball.  This will result in a shot-put type shot that will usually be flat and hard coming into the rim.  This is EASILY correctable and I believe Mark Price who is now his free throw coach but will take time to kill the old habit.  The very fact that he asked one of the best free throw shooters of all time to help shows that he DOES care and DOES want to get better so you who criticize in that need to check yourselves.



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

BTW, watching his form on FTs makes me wince
LOL Chicks....I haven't seen the Magic play in a while...is it worse than Shaq's....I mean is that even possible?  So the new play is now called hack-a-howie?



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

I love how you associate his lack of improvement to arrogance. You made up his arrogance.  Its in your mind.  You think because he isn't improving he must be so arrogant that he isn't changing anything.  Terrible assumption if you watch him shoot free throws over the years, you can tell he has changed his shot, he tries to float it now when before it was more of a straight shot.  You believe what you want to believe. 



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

sorry for the spelling



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:16 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

Not a huge fan or howard.... but anyone who thinks he's not working on it is crazy....I think people underestimate the impact huge hands can have on  touch.....I'm not saying there shouldn't be some improvement.....but to say he's not working on it is ridiculous and sometimens you get to the point where it's so mental it's very difficult to overcome.....like the one club in your golf bag you don't want to hit....you go to the range and hit entire buckets with that club and then you're over the ball on the course and just can't do it.....if you know for a fact he hasn't worked on it then show me that article please rather than character attacks....like arragance????  how do you know this to be true???



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:00 pm
 

Dwight Howard sets NBA record for free throws

How can a guy, who's only real job is to play the damn game, not be able to make at least 75-80% of his free throws?  Then again, if it isn't a dunk, he isn't scoring.  


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