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Orlando’s Howard breaks Chamberlain’s 50-year-old FT record


Dwight Howard (file photo)

Wilt Chamberlain is best known for his 100-point game against the New York Knicks on March 2, 1962.

But he also had another record that was not as well known but was a 50-year-old regular-season record. The 7’1 giant set a record on February 22, 1962 with 34 free throw attempts as a member of the Philadelphia Warriors.

Last week, Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard shot 39 free throws in his team’s 117-109 win over the Golden State Warriors.

Prior to the game, Howard was the worst free-throw shooter in the NBA at 42.6%, so the Warriors thought they’d foul him in the post and make him score at the free-throw line.

The 26-year-old Howard took advantage of the situation, making 21 of 39 attempts and finished with 45 points and 23 rebounds.

It was the first time an NBA player scored at least 40 points and at least 23 rebounds since March 1, 2003 when the Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal put in 48 points and yanked down 20 boards.


Info compiled from NBA, Orlando Magic, Radio & TV news

ENTERTAINMENT FOR SATURDAY AUGUST 21, 2010: Almanacs & Celebrity Birthdays


Today is Saturday, August 21, the 233rd day of 2010. There are 132 days left before 2011 rolls around.


Honolulu Hawaii. 51 years ago today, Hawaii was made the 50th state in the union (file)

* On August 21, 1959, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed an executive order making Hawaii the 50th state.

* Galileo Galilei demonstrated his new telescope to officials in Venice, Italy.

* In 1807, Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat left Albany, New York, on its return trip to New York, arriving around 30 hours later.

* In 1831, Nat Turner led a slave rebellion in Virginia, resulting in the deaths of at least 55 people. He was later executed.

* In 1911, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris. The painting turned up two years later, in Italy.

* In 1940, exiled Communist revolutionary Leon Trotsky died in a Mexican Hospital from wounds inflicted by an assassin.

* Five years ago, August 21, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI ended his four-day trip to his native Germany, celebrating Mass for a million people in Cologne.


Archie Griffin, number 45 turns 56 years old today (file)

Philip II, King of France in 1165.

Count Basie, Jazz Pianist in 1904.

Wilt Chamberlain, 7’1 basketball player born in 1936. University of Kansas All-American. Played in the NBA for the Philadelphia Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers. He pulled down 23,924 rebounds in his career. He is best remembered for scoring 100 points in a 1962 game against the New York Knicks.

Archie Griffin, two-time Heisman Trophy winning running back for Ohio State. Born on this date in 1954, making 56 today. A former Cincinnati Bengal. He played for two legendary coaches, Woody Hayes at Ohio State and Paul Brown with the Bengals.