The 112-111 win of the Miami Heat over the Oklahoma City Thunder may seem like a low-scoring affair to some NBA fans. After all, the Heat’s 108.7 points per game are ranked dead last in the league.
However, this game is memorable for an entirely different reason. Not even OKBET fans could predict that this game—which went down to the wire—was where the Heat set the new NBA record for the most free throws made without a miss.
Jimmy Butler was instrumental for a Miami team that was without Bam Adebayo. He finished the night with an impressive all-around performance of 35 points, seven rebounds, four assists, four steals, and three blocks.
However, his most impressive stat is his efficiency from the charity stripe.
He made 23 free throw attempts. He sank each and every one.
The rest of the Heat also had impeccable free-throw shooting during the tightly-contested game to make the record. Jamal Cain converted his five free throw attempts, while Gabe Vincent sank six. Max Struss, Victor Oladipo, and Dewayne Dedmon each converted two free throw points.
Erik Spoelstra didn’t hide his surprise after the game. While the coach knows his team is terrific from the free-throw line (they’re third-best at 82%), he’s still shocked that the team didn’t miss a single FT attempt.
Butler also raised an eyebrow when he learned of their new record. However, he was happier that they won over the young Thunder with just one point.
Meanwhile, the Thunder fell short even after excellent play from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a triple-double from Josh Giddey.
Dedmon Ejected After Throwing Massage Gun
The Miami Heat won’t be who they are if they aren’t gritty. Unfortunately, their rugged personality manifested in the worst way possible during this historic game.
Dedmon was ejected from the game after throwing a massage gun into the court during a heated argument with Spoelstra. It was a painful ejection for the Heat as Dedmon was the only legit big man in the team that night: Omer Yurtseven and Nikola Jovic were on the injury list as well.
Spoelstra said that the Miami Heat is a group of “gnarly personalities.” Still, it was a shame that things escalated to an ejection for the big man.
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