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Memphis Grizzlies Set NBA Record with 1 Free-Throw Attempt, Beat Hawks Anyway

Feb 8, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Memphis Grizzlies power forward James Johnson (3) drives to the basket against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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Andy BaileyFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 6, 2017

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:

According to the Associated Press via ESPN, Zach Randolph said, "Wow! Wow! Wow! That whole game -- wow!" when asked about his team only shooting one free throw.

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: 

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:

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.

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