The Memphis Grizzlies set a record Saturday night on which they likely didn't have their sights set.
No team in the history of the NBA had ever won a game while only attempting one free throw. But as they say, records were made to be broken:
With tonight's 79-76 win over the Hawks, the Memphis Grizzlies become the first team to win a game with only one free throw attempt. #NBA— NBA.com (@NBAcom) February 9, 2014
It's a feat that seems almost unimaginable considering the patented "Grit-n-Grind" style of the Grizzlies that lends itself to physicality. Nevertheless, the officials seemed content to swallow their whistles for this one:
Still wrapping my head around Memphis only shooting ONE FREE THROW. Sloppy, physical (ugly) game should've resulted in a lot more than that.— Adam Fromal (@fromal09) February 9, 2014
Despite the adversity, the Grizzlies came out on top thanks to a stellar defensive effort. And that's something that's once again become the norm for Memphis:
Grizzlies give up 76 tonight. Dallas only team over last 13 to score 100+ on Memphis. Don't start borderline players when they play MEM.— NBA Fantasy (@NBAFantasy) February 9, 2014
If they keep defending like this, the Grizzlies are going to become that team. You know, that cliched team that no one wants to play in the first round?
They've played that role before. In 2011, as the No. 8 team in the West, they knocked off the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in six games.
They have plenty of time to nab that eighth spot again, as they're only two games behind the Dallas Mavericks in the standings right now.
Andy Bailey covers the NBA for Bleacher Report.