Wednesday , Jan , 21 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

League Free Throw Record Could Be Broken

The Jazz downed the Timberwolves 112-107, and they did it on the strength of hitting 93 percent of their foul shots, making 27 of 29. That came on the heels of shooting 92 percent from the line — 22 of 24 — in their most recent game, Saturday at Dallas. Utah became the first NBA team this season to shoot 90 percent from the line, while making at least 20 free throws, in each of two consecutive games.

In case you haven’t been keeping track, the collective NBA free-throw percentage this season is a creditable 76.9 percent. There has been only one season in the history of the league in which the percentage finished that high: in 1973-74, when the league shot a record 77.1 percent.