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Grizzlies beat Hawks to become first team in history to win a game with just one free throw attempt

Feb 8, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

source: AP

The Grizzlies beat the Hawks 79-76 on Saturday, in a largely ugly and ridiculously low-scoring affair that would only please the most die-hard of the Memphis fan base.

The teams combined for just 24 second-quarter points, and Atlanta managed just 25 total in the second and third quarters combined. But that wasn’t the interesting part, or the detail that ultimately made history.

That’s right. Memphis only shot (and made) one free throw the entire game, but managed to win it nonetheless.

Low free throw attempts are typically not a main ingredient in the recipe for winning NBA basketball. Since the 1985-86 season (via Basketball Reference), only one team has won while attempting two free throws, three teams have won while attempting three free throws, and just nine have won while attempting four free throws.

So congratulations, Grizzlies. I guess.

  1. grizz2202 - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:36 PM

    I guess the refs were just saving wear and tear on the whistle. Those things have to last all 82 games. What? They have extras???

  2. ranfan12 - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:47 PM

    Must’ve been some real good defense

  3. charlescub80 - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:06 AM

    The game was so ugly that the refs wanted out……

  4. dinofrank60 - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:07 AM

    I think John Hollinger fainted…

  5. timb12 - Feb 9, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    How long was the actual game? I imagine it was only about 55 minutes total.

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