Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan has etched his name in NBA history for the most consecutive free throws made in a game.
DeRozan achieved the feat when he made 24 successive free throws in his side’s 117-115 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. DeRozan finished the game with a season-high 38 points and guided his team to victory despite a 50-point night from Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard.
The 26-year-old had a chance to make 25 straight free throws, but he intentionally missed the free throw in order to ensure the Raptors came out on top and due to the fact that team-mate Kyle Lowry told him to miss it.
As a result of that missed free throw, DeRozan fell short of breaking NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins’ record for most made free throws made in a game without a miss. Wilkins, who used to play for the Atlanta Hawks, set the record in 1992 when he made all 23 of his free throws in a game against the Chicago Bulls.