Take one, they're free: Grizzlies get just single foul shot, but win
FEB 08, 2014 11:54p ET
Free throws? We don't need no stinkin' free throws.
On Saturday night, the Memphis Grizzlies set an NBA record by taking just one free throw -- it was a technical for a defensive three-second call, and they made it -- in a 79-76 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
The previous record in the NBA's shot-clock era (starting in 1954) was two, set first by the Cleveland Cavaliers against the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 26, 1994, and then by the New Orleans Hornets against the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 17, 2004.
One fan summed it up statistically this way:
I have more ears than the Grizzlies shot free throws.— Kendall Cruse (@KendallCruse) February 9, 2014
The lack of calls made an impression on Memphis forward Zach Randolph, who likes to play a physical game.
"Wow! Wow! Wow!" he said, as reported by the Associated Press. "That whole game - wow! ... Sometimes, if there is a foul, call it. But, you know, let us play."
Officials whistled 12 fouls on the Grizzlies and 10 on the Hawks, who shot 15 free throws.
With neither team shooting particularly well, the Grizzlies got a boost when the Hawks turned the ball over 21 times, six more than Memphis.