Heat go NBA-record 40-for-40 on FTs, win by 1

by Gordon Dixon - The Heat gave a record performance at the foul line Tuesday night, breaking a mark set in 1982, and were led by Jimmy Butler, who went 23-for-23 from the line to tie the second-most makes without a miss in NBA history.

Heat go NBA-record 40-for-40 on free throws to edge Thunder 10:59 PM ET Associated Press MIAMI -- Jimmy Butler 's three-point play with 12.9 seconds left capped an NBA-record performance by the Miami Heat and gave them a 112-111 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night. Butler's free throw made the Heat 40-for-40 from the foul line, breaking the 39-for-39 mark by Utah against Portland on Dec. 7, 1982. Butler was 23-for-23 from the line, tying the second-most makes without a miss in NBA history. James Harden made 24 without a miss for Houston on Dec. 3, 2019, and Dirk Nowitzki made 24 without a miss for Dallas in a playoff game against the Thunder on May 17, 2011. Dominique Wilkins also went 23-for-23 in a game in 1992. And Miami needed every bit of Butler's perfection -- along with everyone else's. Butler had 35 points for Miami, which had used only eight players and was down to seven when Dewayne Dedmon was ejected in the second quarter . Editor's Picks 1 Related Max Strus scored 22 points and Victor Oladipo had 19 for Miami. The Heat were without four regular starters -- Tyler Herro , Bam Adebayo , Kyle Lowry and Caleb Martin -- on Tuesday, along with reserves Duncan Robinson , Omer Yurtseven and Nikola Jovic , all because of injuries. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 26 points for the Thunder. Josh Giddey had a triple-double: 18 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Giddey got the triple-double on an assist setting up Aaron Wiggins ' dunk for a 111-106 lead with 1:28 left. Miami scored the final six points. Miami led 89-88 going into the fourth, and with Butler on the bench -- he had played the entire third quarter -- the Thunder took advantage. They scored the first six points of the final period, taking their first lead of larger than three points when Tre Mann connected on a jumper with 9:20 left for a 94-89 lead. But a six-point possession gave Miami the lead back. Oladipo made a steal and Thunder center Eugene Omoruyi was called for a clear-path foul. Oladipo made both free throws, and on the continued Miami possession, Gabe Vincent made a 3-pointer while getting fouled by Mann. Vincent made the free throw, and just like that, a 96-91 deficit was a 97-96 lead.