The 2022-23 NBA season continues to provide us with historic moments. As we progress towards All-Star Weekend, the Miami Heat delivered another one of those moments on Tuesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder. As a team, they went a perfect 40-for-40 from the free throw line, en route to a 112-111 home victory.
The 40-for-40 is the most free throws in a game without missing one in NBA history. This included Jimmy Butler pouring in 35 points, on an unblemished 23-for-23 from the stripe. Needless to say by the final score, Miami needed every single one of those free throws.
Here’s how the game finished:
Where Do The Heat Stand This Season?
The win over the Thunder get the Heat to 22-20 on the season, good for 8th in the Eastern Conference. With the relatively new play-in playoff format, they sit a couple games ahead of the Atlanta Hawks and Chicago Bulls, who hold the 9 and 10 spots. Despite Miami’s apparent struggles, they are to make the playoffs and +300 to miss the playoffs at BetRivers. These odds indicate the Miami Heat have an implied probability to reach the postseason of more than 75%.
Their regular season win total was 42.5 (-122 to the Over) at FanDuel Sportsbook.
In today’s NBA game with “injuries” and load management, keep in mind that this is a veteran bunch is coached by Erik Spoelstra. Coach Spo is now in his 15th season in Miami, and has only missed out on the playoffs three times during his tenure. Jimmy Butler has missed 14 games this season but is back and looking like his usual, relentless self. Tyler Herro is getting over a minor foot issue, and Victor Oladipo has come on strong during his extra minutes. Expect him to be a factor on this Heat squad moving forward.
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Miami Heat Statistics
Coach Spo and Co. seem to play an ugly brand of basketball at times, regardless of how the injury report looks. While this is a team that was one win away from the NBA Finals last season, and has its core back, here are some statistical categories worth noting:
- Points Per Game: 30th
- Field Goal Percentage: 26th
- 3-Point Percentage: 25th
- Offensive Rating: 24th
- NET Rating: 19th
- Effective FG%: 25th
- Pace: 28th
- Defensive Rating: 8th
- Free Throw Percentage: 1st
The Miami Heat know how to win games, and they’ll take them in whatever form necessary.