January 13, 2012- Orlando Magic forward Dwight Howard set a new NBA record Thursday night. The perennial All-Star broke a record that was set by Wilt Chamberlain nearly 50 years ago. Howard attempted the most free throws in a game with 39. He made 21 of the 39 he attempted in his team’s 117-109 win over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, California.
Howard was hacked and pushed intentionally during the entire game. The Warriors used the tactic on the notoriously low percentage free throw shooter. The previous NBA record had been set February 22, 1962 by Chamberlain when he attempted 34 free throws against the Philadelphia Warriors.
Howard ended the night with 45 points to lead his club in scoring and had 23 rebounds. Teammate Hedo Turkoglu chipped in with 20 points to help the Magic win their third consecutive game.
The Warriors were led by Monta Ellis. He had 30 points and hauled in 11 rebounds. David Lee scored 26 and added 12 rebounds. The Warriors played the game without two starters Dorell Wright and Stephen Curry.
Prior to last night’s game, Howard had not attempted more than 24 shots from the foul line in any game. That mark was eclipsed with over two minutes remaining in the third quarter last night. The Warriors were close to an upset by using the tactic. They went ahead by one point with just under three minutes left in the game, but could not hold on.