Did you hear the big news yet? Last night, Dwight Howard became just the second player in NBA history to score more than 100 points. He dropped 105 against the Warriors to break the long-standing record that Wilt Chamberlain set back in 1962 against the Knicks. He was unstoppable in the post. He knocked down a shitload of free throws. He even stepped out and hit a couple of contested threes and...
Oh, who are we kidding? That Wilt Chamberlain record is never (ever!) going to get broken. Sorry, folks. But Superman did take down one of Chamberlain's other records last night during a game in which he dropped 45 points and grabbed 23 boards to lead the Magic to a big road victory over Golden State. Howard broke Chamberlain's nearly 50-year-old NBA record for the most free throws attempted in a game (we know, we know, not quite as sexy as dropping 100—but it's a record nonetheless!). The previous record was 34. Howard went to the line 39 times with the Warriors intentionally fouling him over and over and over again (Hack-a-Howard!) to send the poor free throw shooter to the line. And, amazingly, he even managed to make 21 of them over the course of the game.
"I just tried to be aggressive and get to the line," he said after the game. "I didn't care if I missed 30. I was still going to go up there and shoot the next one with confidence."
Hey, keep it up, Dwight, and you just might fuck around and break Chamberlain's 100-point record someday. Or, at the very least, you'll get teams to stop sending you to the line on purpose. Anyway, congrats on the accomplishment. Now, when are you getting traded?
[via Sports Illustrated]
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