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Heat go NBA-record 40-for-40 on free throws to edge Thunder

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Miami — Jimmy Butler Scored the final free throw of the night, Then he bent his knees a little and seemed to have little idea what would happen when the ball hit the rim.

In the end, it was perfect – and so was the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

They set an NBA record by making all 40 free throws and were the last to make a 3-point play with Butler’s 12.9 seconds remaining before recovering in the final minute to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 112-111. I went down.

Miami beat Utah’s 39-39 effort against Portland on December 7, 1982.

“It’s a normal Tuesday night for the Miami Heat,” said coach Eric Spoelstra. I think when it comes out, that’s the team that we can all relate to.That’s the team that I like.”

Just a few of what happened on Tuesday: The Heat played six injury-free, including four starters.Backup heat center Dwayne Dedmon While playing from the sidelines, he was sent off after slamming a massage gun into the court after arguing with his own team. Miami had 6 points in possession in the 4th quarter.When Josh Guiddy Scored a triple-double with the Thunder.

Oh, and records from the line.

“First and foremost, give them credit,” Thunder coach Mark Daigneaux said. “That’s impressive.”

Butler scored 35 points and was 23-for-23 from the line. James Harden Marking 24 without mistakes in Houston on December 3, 2019, Dirk Nowitzki marked 24 without mistakes in Dallas on May 17, 2011 in a playoff game against the Thunder. Dominic Wilkins They also won the 1992 game 23-23.

“We won,” said Butler. “The effort of the whole team. I am proud of my subordinates.”

max strass scored 22 points, Victor Oladipo There were 19 in Miami. The Heat didn’t have four regular starters – Tyler Hero, Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry When Caleb Martin –Because of your injury.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander 26 points for the Thunder. Guiddy scored 18 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists and had a triple-double in the assist setting. Aaron WigginsThey took a 111-106 lead with 1:28 remaining.

Miami scored the final 6 points.

“Whatever it takes to win,” said Butler.

Miami led 89-88 going into the 4th quarter and the Thunder got the advantage as Butler was on the bench after playing the entire 3rd quarter. They scored his first six points of the final period and took the lead over three points for the first time. Treman Connected by a jumper, it went up 94-89 with 9:20 remaining.

However, Miami regained the lead with a 6-point possession.Oladipo steals, Thunder center Eugene Omolui Called for a clear pass foul. Oladipo scored both frees on his throws, as Miami possession ensued. Gabe Vincent He scored a three-pointer while being fouled by Man. Vincent scored his throw free and the 96-91 deficit put him ahead 97-96.

“We always talk about finding ways to win. …This is a good start for that,” said Butler.

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