Dominique’s Greatest Moments - 17
Hawks legend Dominique Wilkins was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, as you may have heard. We here at Hawks.com cannot get enough of Nique, and are constantly scouring the internet for video of his days as the Human Highlight Film. On December 1st, the Hawks will be honoring Dominique as part of Hardwood Classic Nights, with the team wearing throwback uniforms representing the 1986 season.
To get ready for the festivities, Hawks.com is counting down the 21
greatest moments of Wilkins' career. Check back daily as we update the countdown
every weekday leading up to the Dec. 1 match-up with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
December 8, 1992: Dominique sets a new NBA record, hitting a perfect 23-23 from the free throw line.
The hallmark of many great scorers is the ability to take points wherever they can get them. Nowhere is this truer than at the foul line, where Dominique Wilkins was a career 81% shooter.
On one particular night in December of 1992, Wilkins found perfection at the charity stripe, connecting on all 23 attempts to help the Hawks to a 123-114 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Nique's accuracy infected his teammates as well, as they finished the night an incredible 39-40 from the line. On the night, Wilkins scored 42 points, as he shot 9-22 from the field in addition.
Nique's perfection set a new single-game NBA record for free throws made without a miss, surpassing the old mark which coincidentally was originally set by another Hawk, Hall of Famer Bob Pettit, who hit 19-19 in a game for the St. Louis Hawks on Nov. 22, 1961. Bill Cartwright, for the Knicks, and Adrian Dantley, for the Pistons, later tied the record as well.
Voice of the Hawks
"The night he went 23 for 23 from the line to me was one his very underrated accomplishments. When Nique came into the league he struggled from the line. He constantly worked on FT's just like he did with his shooting and 3 point shooting. He is a perfect example to all young players to work on something new each summer and come back with something to add to your game.
The night he set the record he was surprised to find out that it was a record when he appeared with me on the post game show. It was more important to him that we won the game. Even though Nique will always be "The Human Highlight Film", to me it is one of his most outstanding records, and an NBA record that still stands today. When someone asks, Did you see that? I can proudly say Yes!"