Heat set NBA record with 40-for-40 night at free-throw line, capped by Jimmy Butler’s winner

Jimmy Butler made 23 free throws without a miss on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Miami Heat set an NBA record for free throws made without a miss Tuesday, and they needed every single one of them.

Facing the Oklahoma City Thunder at home, the Heat went an unprecedented 40-for-40 from the charity stripe in a 112-111 win. The record-breaker came in dramatic fashion, as Jimmy Butler posted an and-1 with 12.9 seconds remaining and his team down by two points.

After tying the game 111-111, Butler made one last free throw for the win and the record. Thunder star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander missed a would-be winner on the other end to finish the game.

The previous record-holder was the Utah Jazz, who made 39 free throws without a miss on Dec. 7, 1982. The Jazz lost to the Portland Trail Blazers that night.

The majority of the Heat’s free throws Tuesday came from Butler, who went 23-for-23 from the line in a 35-point night. He also posted seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks while shooting 6-for-17 from the field.

The other record contributors were Gabe Vincent (6-for-6), Jamal Cain (2-for-2), Max Strus (2-for-2), Victor Oladipo (2-for-2) and Dewayne Dedmon (2- for-2), who had an eventful day for reasons beyond the record.

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