The start of the second half of the game between Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons was marred by foul play. The Rockets used K.J. McDaniels to commit five fowls on Andre Drummond in ten seconds.
The Rockets’ strategy was to put Pistons in the penalty and force Drummond to take free throws.
“Anything for my teammates. I know they’d do anything for me,” McDaniels revealed later.
The Pistons led at halftime, but the Rockets’ strategy worked as they managed to snatch the lead within 3 minutes by repeatedly fouling Drummond on every possession. There were 21 intentional fouls on Drummond from second to fourth quarter. The Pistons were coerced to remove Drummond from the game.
But still, Houston failed to pull it off, as Drummond’s Pistons won the game 123-114. Drummond scored 13 of 36 free throws, missing a record number of 23. The previous franchise record was 22 missed free throws. The Rockets missed the services of Dwight Howard and guard Patrick Beverley in the game.