Hacking Andre Drummond doesn’t help Rockets

Hacking Andre Drummond doesn’t help Rockets

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) defended by Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson (22), shoots during the second half on Monday.

(Carlos Osorio / AP)

Detroit’s Andre Drummond set an NBA record by missing 23 free throws, but the Pistons still defeated the Houston Rockets, 123-114, on Wednesday night at Houston.

Drummond set a career high and franchise record by attempting 36 free throws on a night he was intentionally fouled 21 times. The previous record for most misses was 22, set by Wilt Chamberlain on Dec. 1, 1967.

The Rockets took the lead in the third quarter when they fouled Drummond 12 straight times, but it didn’t help them close the gap in the fourth.

Houston’s James Harden had his first triple-double of the season and seventh of his career with 33 points, a career-high 17 rebounds and 14 assists in the loss. Dwight Howard sprained his ankle in the first minute and didn’t return.


Drummond finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds. His 23 missed free throw attempts were more than Golden State’s Stephen Curry has all season (22, in 237 attempts)

Golden State 125, at Chicago 94: Curry scored 25 points, to go with 11 assists and seven rebounds, and the Warriors improved to 20-4 on the road. Pau Gasol missed all eight shots and had one point in 24 minutes for the Bulls.

Philadelphia 96, at Orlando 87: The 76ers, who started the season 1-30, have gone 5-8 since then. Jahlil Okafor scored 20 points and Ish Smith had 13 points and 11 assists in the victory over the Magic.

Cleveland 91, at Brooklyn 78: Kevin Love had 17 points and 18 rebounds, and the Cavaliers bounced back from their embarrassing performance against the Warriors on Monday. LeBron James also had 17 points, and neither forward played in the fourth quarter.


at Washington 106, Miami 87: John Wall had 18 points and 10 assists and Bradley Beal added 18 more as the Wizards sent the Heat to their sixth loss in seven games.

at New York 118, Utah 111 (OT): Carmelo Anthony had 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds to lead the Knicks, who were forced into overtime when the Jazz’s Gordon Hayward was fouled while shooting a three-pointer in the final seconds of regulation.

at Toronto 115, Boston 109: DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 34 points on 13-of-25 shooting and his pull-up jumper in the final minute helped the Raptors seal their sixth win in a row.

at Oklahoma City 109, Charlotte 95: Kevin Durant scored 26 points as the Thunder won its sixth in a row. Russell Westbrook collected 16 points, 15 assists, eight rebounds and five steals in 27 minutes before sitting out the fourth quarter.

at Dallas 106, Minnesota 94: Chandler Parsons scored five of his 30 points in overtime for the Mavericks, who played without Dirk Nowitzki.

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