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Dwight Howard sets record with 39 free throws in game

Jan 13, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

Dwight Howard

New Warriors coach Mark Jackson set the strategy — hack-a-Howard.

Golden State intentionally fouled Dwight Howard all game long. In addition to the times they just fouled him as he attacked the rim — the Warriors tried to single-cover him with David Lee and other players who just are not big enough

The result was Howard taking 39 free throws (hitting 21, 53.9 percent). That broke the 1962 record of Wilt Chamberlain who took 34.

The strategy made this an ugly game with no flow. It was just hard to watch.

Jackson was interviewed by Craig Sager on TNT. Sager asked Jackson how as a former player and broadcaster he could go with this strategy. Jackson’s response: I don’t care about the viewers, I care about winning games and this makes it more likely.

Howard finished with 45 points and 23 rebounds, leading the Magic to a 117-109 win. Jackson’s strategy didn’t work.

But it did set NBA history.

  1. jimothyvonstojavic - Jan 13, 2012 at 2:36 AM

    Worst idea ever but I like Dwight so I LOVE the new strategy. 45 points, no biggie.

  2. jmclarkent - Jan 13, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    I would have loved to see Orlando retort with “Hack a Biedrins”.

  3. seattlesuperchronic - Jan 13, 2012 at 6:21 AM

    Mark Jackson is a turd.

  4. raidmagic - Jan 13, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    39 ft attempts and he scored 45. If he could actually make some he could have been well ovee 50

    • rooney24 - Jan 13, 2012 at 4:10 PM

      Well, if he could make free throws, they wouldn’t have been hacking him all game long.

  5. davidly - Jan 13, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    This reminds me of the time that the hack the inbounder was implemented on a certain player by the name of Skibby MaRue.

  6. Tom G - Jan 13, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    wow he IS just like Shaq.Cant make his free throws either.

  7. zacksdad - Jan 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Cannot be one of the best players and have such a bad flaw. Maybe he is like Shaq and has wrist problems.

  8. zblott - Jan 13, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    Dwight is not as similar to Shaq as many people might think. The dirty secret with Shaq is that he was not a historically dominant rebounder. In 19 seasons, he was a top-5 rebounder 5 times and never lead the league. Dwight is in his 8th season, and he’s been a top-3 rebounder 7 times and lead(s) the league 4 times.

    • borderline1988 - Jan 14, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      But Shaq had much better footwork and was clearly a better offensive player.

      There are many teams in the NBA who have a strategy of single-convering Howard and getting away with it. You simply could not get away with single coverage on Shaq in his prime. He demanded a double team every time he got the ball.

      Howard is just a bit too mechanical on the offensive end – he is not a natural scorer. I;m not saying he isn’t great. But Shaq had natural scoring ability. He also had a great soft touch for someone his size.

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