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.
The Lakers shot 2-14 on free throws Friday, the lowest FT pct (14.3%) by any team in a game in NBA history (min. 10 FTA).
Shaq only had 1 worse game in his Lakers career with at least 10 attempts (0-11 FT on Dec. 8, 2000). pic.twitter.com/RipS1SJiAF
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The Pistons went 3-for-17 (17.6 percent) in a 109-86 loss at home against the Pelicans last March.
Three Lakers starters were sidelined with injuries Friday, but of those, only Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (76.5 percent this season) is an effective free throw shooter. Brandon Ingram shoots 67.6 from the line, and Lonzo Ball has been downright poor, at just 48.0. In fact, the Lakers were shooting a league-low 69.5 percent from the line even before Friday night's performance dragged it down further.
Lakers coach Luke Walton credited his team’s defense for being able to recover from such terrible free throw shooting, a notion supported by the Pacers’ own shooting woes – they made just 2-of-25 three-point attempts. That 8 percent is the worst in franchise history, as well as the lowest by a Lakers opponent in team history with a minimum of 20 attempts, ESPN notes.
Must have been a tough watch at Staples Center.