Andre Drummond set an NBA record in Detroit’s 123-114 road win over the Rockets on Wednesday, but it was not the kind of history he wanted to make.
Drummond missed an NBA-record 23 free throws, this after being intentionally fouled 21 times. Drummond finished 13-of-36 (36.1 percent) from the foul line. The previous record for misses was 22, set by Wilt Chamberlain on Dec. 1, 1967.
“Yeah, they didn’t want us to play basketball,” Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said of the Rockets. “They was fouling Dre out there almost the whole third quarter. That was a little unnecessary.”
Drummond, who shot 2-of-4 from the field, got into a little bit of the rhythm as the game went on, going 6-of-12 from the foul line in the fourth quarter.
“He started knocking in shots and they had to stop fouling,” Caldwell-Pope said, “so that gave us a chance to finish the game up.”
Drummond finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds, as all five Detroit starters scored double figures. Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris tied for the team-high with 22.
The Pistons shot 47.5 percent from the floor, 12-of-30 (40.0 percent) from three, and 35-of-59 from the foul line (59.3 percent). They also had 52 rebounds.
“We made a key point about pounding the glass, get rebounds and push the ball on the offensive end,” Caldwell-Pope said. “That was a big key for us. We wanted to get stops and rebound and just push the ball.”
Six Pistons combined for seven blocks.
“That was big,” Caldwell-Pope said. “That was big for us. That was kind of the turning point of the game.”
Drummond, 22, is averaging career-highs in scoring (17.6 points per game), rebounding (15.4) and steals (1.7), all while shooting a career-worst 35.5 percent from the foul line. He has shot at least 40 percent from the stripe in just one of his four NBA seasons.