Two weeks ago it was the visiting Sacramento Kings crying foul over a game-winning Tyler Herro 3-pointer that they claimed was a travel. After the fact, the NBA said it was, indeed, a travel.
Last week, it was an incredulous Kelly Oubre Jr. called for an innocuous final-seconds travel in a game his visiting Charlotte Hornets would lose in overtime.
This time, the officiating disagreement in a Miami Heat home game was the result of a lack of whistles.
In Monday night’s 113-112 loss to the Heat, the Phoenix Suns closed 2 of 4 from the foul line.
Not in a quarter. Not in a half. For the game.
It was the fewest free throws ever attempted and made by the Suns, with both numbers opposing lows over the Heat’s 35 seasons.
The outcome left Suns coach Monty Williams incredulous.
“It’s just one of those things where you look at the stat sheet and you look at situations like that, we only ended up with four free throws for the game. That is hard to swallow,” William said.
It certainly wasn’t as if the Suns were settling for jumpshots. The Suns finished with 42 points in the paint, compared to 44 for the Heat, who went 22 of 25 from the line.
“In a physical game like that, where everybody is bumping, we only get four free throws,” Williams said. “It’s really becoming hard to swallow. You feel like you can’t even talk about it because you’re gonna get fined.
“That’s an unreal amount of free throws in any NBA game, you know what I’m saying?”
The previous record for fewest free throws attempted by a Heat opponent was five by the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 11, 2006, with the low for free throws made by a Heat opponent three by Toronto in that game.
To their credit, the Heat have been keeping opponent free throws down, although nothing close to what was witnessed Monday. The Heat exited Monday’s game tied with the San Antonio Spurs for fewest free-throw attempts by an opponent per game, at 19.7.
As for their own foul shooting, the Heat remain on a record run going into Wednesday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors, at the start of a four-game trip.
By closing at .880 from the line Monday, the Heat now have shot at least 80 percent from the line in a franchise record 13 consecutive games, matching the Chicago Bulls for the longest active such streak in the NBA. The streak matches the sixth-longest such run in league history, with the Heat at a league-best .867 this season from the line.
The league record for most consecutive games shooting at least 80 percent is held by the Oklahoma City Thunder over two seasons, from April 10, 2019 to Nov, 22, 2010. The single season mark is held by both Charlotte (2016-17) and Golden State (2012-13), at 14 consecutive such games.
The Raptors have an extensive injury report for Wednesday night’s game. Listed as out are Precious Achiuwa (ankle), Ron Harper Jr. (G League), Otto Porter (toe) and Pascal Siakam (adductor). Listed as questionable for Toronto are Gary Trent Jr. (hip) and Fred VanVleet (Illness) . . .
For the Heat, there are the ongoing concerns of Tyler Herro’s ankle sprain and Dewayne Dedmon’s foot issue . . .
Monday’s victory gave the Heat their first win in Miami over the Suns since 2018, when Hassan Whiteside led the Heat with 24 points and 14 rebounds . . .
Kyle Lowry’s first 3-pointer Monday gave him 2,000 for his career, becoming the 12th NBA player to reach that total. Lowry has now made at least one 3-point in 13 consecutive games, his second-longest streak with the Heat.