Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Raptors Get Eaten Alive at Foul Line, Set Record for Futility

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Raptors Get Eaten Alive at Foul Line, Set Record for Futility

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The Toronto Raptors set an NBA record by failing to make a single free throw Tuesday night and lost at home to the Charlotte Hornets 92-91 as Dell Curry made five foul shots in the final minute. The expansion Raptors were 0 for three from the foul line. The previous record for fewest free throws in a game was one, set on Nov. 19, 1977, by the New Orleans Jazz. Charlotte shot 24 for 41 from the foul line.

Curry, making just his second start in his past 358 appearances, scored 27 points.

With the Hornets leading 87-86 and less than a minute left, Curry was fouled during a 3-point try. He made two of three free throws.

After Tony Massenburg's basket cut the Hornets' lead to 89-88 with 10.8 seconds remaining, Curry went to the foul line and hit one of two shots.

Knicks 98, Celtics 93: Anthony Mason had 17 points and helped ignite a 12-0 fourth-quarter run as New York won at home.

With the victory, the Knicks became the first team in National Basketball Association history to defeat Boston 12 times in a row.

The Celtics had a one-point lead with under six minutes to play but started missing long jumpers and broke down defensively, letting the Knicks score uncontested inside baskets.

Hawks 104, Kings 88: Grant Long scored 20 points and Atlanta never trailed in snapping visiting Sacramento's winning streak at four games.

The Hawks led the rest of the way after Steve Smith's two free throws broke a 2-2 tie less than 90 seconds into the game.

Mitch Richmond and Sarunas Marciulionis scored 19 each to lead the Kings, who missed seven layups and had two others blocked in the first 16 minutes when the Hawks built a 35-22 lead.

Magic 92, Nets 84: Nick Anderson made the go-ahead shot with 1:31 left and Orlando rallied from a 12-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat New Jersey for its 19th consecutive home win. …

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