PAUL SETS FRANCHISE FREE-THROW RECORD
LOS ANGELES - Point guard Chris Paul put together a record-setting night at the free throw line Saturday in the Clippers' 114-110 loss to the Warriors.
Paul made his first 19 attempts, setting the franchise record for consecutive free throws made in a single game. He finished 19-for-20 from the line with his 19 makes matching Corey Maggette's franchise mark for total free throws made in one game.
Maggette, who played in L.A. for eight seasons, twice made 19 free throws, last accomplishing the feat Feb. 26, 2007 against the Bobcats.
For Paul, who finished the game with 27 points and 10 assists, the record came with a somewhat of a bitter aftertaste.
With 42.4 seconds to go, the superstar had an opportunity to tie the game after drawing a foul on Golden State's Carl Landry. He cooly sank the first attempt, but had the second shot glance off iron, preserving a one-point lead for the Warriors.
"I knew I hadn't missed a free throw, so I think that's the toughest part is knowing that I missed it," Paul said. "Even worse than that, every time I got fouled the shot I missed was capable of going in. Those should have been two different 'and-ones.'"
Twice in the final minute and a half, Paul got to the rim, was fouled, and had his layup attempt spin off the rim.
In three games this season, Paul, a career 85.4% free throw shooter, is 26-of-30 from the line. He's also tallied 37 assists and just eight turnovers, leading the Clippers to consecutive wins over the Grizzlies and Lakers prior to Saturday's hiccup versus Golden State.