Drummond Breaks NBA Single-Game Record with 23 Missed Free Throws

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond grabs a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, in Auburn Hills, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJanuary 21, 2016

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond broke an NBA record with his 23 missed free throws in Wednesday's 123-114 win over the Houston Rockets, narrowly topping the 22 missed free throws that Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had in a Nov. 30 game against the Portland Trail Blazers, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Having made just 38.5 percent of his foul shots throughout his career and 35.5 percent this season, the 22-year-old center has become an obvious target for intentional fouls when the Pistons play analytics-driven teams.

The Rockets started deploying the strategy late in the second quarter, leading the Pistons to remove their star center from the game.

Trailing 56-47 at halftime, Houston opened the third quarter by having backup forward K.J. McDaniels foul Drummond five consecutive times, with the strategy then continuing until Drummond was removed with nine minutes and 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Drummond made just five of his 16 foul shots during that stretch, which allowed the Rockets to pull within one point at 61-60.

He did briefly re-enter the game in the fourth quarter, only to be removed after missing four consecutive free throws that were the result of intentional fouls.

Even though the Rockets ended up losing, they still made a pretty strong argument that the NBA should revise its rules, as the game became a dreadful bore when Drummond was on the court.

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