There must be something with the baskets at the Palace of Auburn Hills this season.
Back in December, Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes hit a game-winner from half-court to beat Detroit. But that was nothing compared to what Andre Drummond did on Monday night.
The Pistons All-Star center, shooting a robust 34.9 percent from the free-throw line entering Monday, hit a 3/4-court shot (71 feet, to be exact) to beat the third-quarter buzzer against the visiting Toronto Raptors:
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While we’re on the subject of numbers, the free-throw line is 15 feet from the basket, or 21.1 percent of the distance Drummond’s buzzer-beater traveled on Monday.
According to the ESPN Stats & Info, Drummond’s shot was the farthest make in eight years, since Jose Calderon made a shot from the same distance in 2008. Naturally, LeBron James has the NBA’s longest field goal in the last 10 seasons:
Longest Made Shots Last 10 Seasons 2007 LeBron James 82 feet Monday Andre Drummond 71 feet 2008 Jose Calderon 71 feet