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Hack-a-Howard? Dwight passes Wilt

The Golden State Warriors made Hack-a-Shaq look pedestrian.

In a 117-109 loss to the Orlando Magic on Thursday night, the Warriors forced Dwight Howard to take 39 free throw attempts, an NBA record.

Howard, who hit on 21 attempts, broke Wilt Chamberlain's mark of 34 free throws in a game. Chamberlain set the record on Feb. 22, 1962, while playing for the Philadelphia Warriors.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson said that sending Howard to the free throw line took away high-percentage shots.

"Think about the times we didn’t foul him," Jackson said. "It was dunks, hooks, plays at the rim. He’s a great player and a bad free-throw shooter. We were giving ourselves the best possible chance by messing up their rhythm."

For his career, Howard has shot 57.8 percent from the field, and 59.5 percent from the line. He led the league in free throw attempts three of the last four seasons, and is currently in first this season with 133 attempts.

SB Nation's Tom Ziller went through a thorough breakdown of Jackson's strategy here. He found that Howard scored 1.11 points per possession on trips that Jackson employed the Hack-a-Howard, and 1.09 points per possession otherwise.

The Warriors were playing without Kwame Brown, who will miss several months with a torn muscle in his chest.

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