Suns Set NBA Finals Record With 24 Straight Made Free Throws in Game 1 vs. Bucks

Blake SchusterContributor IJuly 7, 2021

PHOENIX, AZ - July 6: Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns shoots a free throw against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game One of the 2021 NBA Finals on July 6, 2021 at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Daring the Phoenix Suns to win at the free throw line might not be the best strategy for the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals. 

As the Suns captured Game 1 on Tuesday, 118-105, Phoenix set an NBA Finals record for consecutive free throws without a miss, going 24-for-24 from the line before finishing 25-for-26. 

Justin Morris @Justin_JM12

PHX: 24/24 from the FT line.<br><br>An NBA Finals record without a miss. If this team continues to play like this, they won't be stoppable

Jae Crowder was the only Suns player to miss a free throw (one-of-two), but that didn't come until 24.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Mikal Bridges went two-for-two, Deandre Ayton went six-for-six, Chris Paul went four-for-four, Devin Booker went 10-for-10 and Cameron Johnson went two-for-two off the bench. 

By contrast, Milwaukee shot nine-for-16 as a team from the free throw line with Giannis Antetokounmpo going seven-for-12. 

Those numbers may not be entirely sustainable for a Phoenix team that averaged 83.4 percent from the free throw line during the regular season, but it's a fantastic way to make sure the Suns didn't drop Game 1 at home.