Drummond sets NBA record with 23 missed FTs
HOUSTON – The Detroit Pistons beat the Houston Rockets 123-114 on Wednesday night despite Andre Drummond setting an NBA record by missing 23 free throws.
Drummond set a career high and franchise record by attempting 36 free throws on a night he was intentionally fouled 21 times. The previous record for most misses was 22, set by Wilt Chamberlain on Dec. 1, 1967.
After the game Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy talked for several minutes about the NBA and commissioner Adam Silver refusing to outlaw the defensive tactic.
"That's the game the league wants, so that's what fans get to watch," Van Gundy said.
Houston's James Harden had his first triple-double of the season and seventh of his career with 33 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and 14 assists.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris each scored 22 points for the Pistons. Drummond had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
• WARRIORS ROUT BULLS: Stephen Curry scored 25 points, and the Warriors made it look easy in beating the host Bulls 125-94. Curry tied a season high with 11 of his team's 38 assists and grabbed seven rebounds. Klay Thompson added 20 points. That's two straight dominant wins over two of the Eastern Conference's top teams after losing at Detroit and dropping two of three.
• INJURIES HOUND HEAT: The Heat played without Dwyane Wade (shoulder soreness) in its 106-87 road loss to the Wizards. Halfway through the second quarter, Miami center Hassan Whiteside abruptly fell to the floor with a strained left oblique and did not return to the game. With the Heat down to nine players, 33-year-old Amare Stoudemire scored a season-high 11 points in 21 minutes. One of the Heat's remaining players, Luol Deng, left the floor with 2:25 remaining after being poked in the eye.
• RAPTORS WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT: DeMar DeRozan scored 34 points and Jonas Valanciunas had his eighth double-double with 19 points and 12 rebounds as the host Raptors won their season-high sixth consecutive game 115-109 over the Celtics.
• WESTBROOK FILLS OUT STAT SHEET: Russell Westbrook had 16 points, 15 assists, eight rebounds and five steals in 27 minutes as the Thunder beat the visiting Hornets 109-95 for its sixth consecutive victory. Kevin Durant scored 26 points for Oklahoma City.
• MINI-STREAK FOR SIXERS: The 76ers won for the second time in three games, beating the host Magic 96-87. Jahlil Okafor scored 20 points and Ish Smith had 13 points and 11 assists for the 76ers. Okafor has scored 20 or more points 18 times this season, tops among NBA rookies. Orlando lost for the eighth time in nine games and dropped below .500 for the first time since Nov. 29. "Our lack of competitiveness is frightening, really," Magic coach Scott Skiles said.
• PELICANS LOSE GORDON: The Pelicans say Eric Gordon is expected to be out for four to six weeks following successful surgery to repair his fractured right ring finger. The starting shooting guard was injured during the third quarter of New Orleans' 114-99 victory over the Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Gordon has averaged 14.9 points and has hit 101 three-pointers in 41 games.
• ALL-STAR STARTERS ANNOUNCED: Starters for the 65th All-Star Game will be announced on TNT on Thursday beginning at 6 p.m. Voting ended Monday night. This year's game will be held Feb. 14 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It's the first All-Star Game to be held outside of the United States.