Dwight Howard’s 39 Free Throws Broke Wilt Chamberlain’s Record

by January 13, 2012

The Golden State Warriors’ Hack-a-Dwight resulted in Howard breaking a near 50-year old free throw shooting record last night. Per the Orlando Sentinel: “Dwight Howard has admired Wilt Chamberlain for years. The Orlando Magic superstar watches old film of Chamberlain’s game. Howard reads books about him. Howard even has spoken with some of Wilt the Stilt’s former teammates. On Thursday night, Howard outdid his idol by breaking a record that stood for almost half a century. Howard shattered Chamberlain’s mark for most free throws attempted in an NBA regular-season game. Howard made 21 of his 39 attempts and carried the Magic to a 117-109 win over the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena. ‘I just tried to be aggressive and get to the line,’ Howard said. ‘I didn’t care if I missed 30. I was still going to go up there and just shoot the next one with confidence.’ With the Warriors purposely hacking, clutching and tugging at him, Howard scored 45 points, tying a career high, and collected 23 rebounds.”