The Lakers set a record on Friday for single-game free throw futility, making just 2-of-14 attempts at home against the Pacers, yet still won, 99-86.
“Man, that free throw line, it’s like a virus or something,” said guard Jordan Clarkson, whose two free throws off the bench were the only two that went in for the Lakers, per ESPN.com. “What did we shoot?”
To answer Clarkson’s question, 14.3 percent, the worst in one game by a team with a minimum of 10 attempts in NBA history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
This season, he’s tied for fourth in the league with 36 goals, trailing Washington’s Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine.
“I’ve got a lot of work to do if I want to catch or be around those guys,” Staal said with a slight smile. “I’m just going to keep playing.”
Nino Niederreiter, Zach Parise, Daniel Winnik and Staal scored in a span of 3:28, the fastest four-goal stretch in Wild history that gave the home team a huge lead less than four minutes after the first intermission ended.
The sign that this was the Wild’s night came quickly in the second period, when Jared Spurgeon’s slap shot from the point bounced off the neck of a ducking Niederreiter and past goalie Cam Ward with just 23 seconds elapsed.
“Uhhh. 0.1 seconds on the clock. Pretty smart way to end the Quarter if you ask me,” Curry wrote in response. “But what do I know? I’d tell the kids to do the same thing.”
Since a shot can’t be taken in less than 0.3 seconds, the decision to bounce the ball of the back of Nwaba ensured that the quarter would come to an end, although, it would have been a much better move just to pass to a teammate.
Earlier this season, Curry’s sportsmanship was also called into question after he threw his mouth guard in the direction of a referee after he disagreed with a call.
The only threat to the Pels’ playoff hopes appears to be Utah. The Jazz have Rudy Gobert back, and they’ve won three of their last five since his return. But the Jazz would have to go 20-13 down the stretch to get back to .500 by the season’s end, and the Pelicans would have to go 14-19. The two have split their season series thus far, with the next two games coming in New Orleans.