By Johnny Askounis / [email protected]
FC Barcelona beat UNICS Kazan in extra time on Wednesday. The Catalan powerhouse recovered by 20 points for the biggest comeback in team history and also tied the EuroLeague record for most free throws scored in a single game, 42.
Nikola Mirotic sank 13/13 from the charity strip before making a foul. Kyle Kuric also went in double digits with ten free throws but was responsible for one of the two failures as Barca ended up with 42/44. The other failed attempt was on Sertac Sanli making 3/4.
The 42 free throws in one game have taken place for the fourth time in the history of Europe’s premier continental club competition. The last two performances were not enough to secure victory, however.
Skipper Fortitudo Bologna – Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv 104-111
Another 45-minute match set the initial record. Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv made 42/50 free throws to defeat skipper Fortitudo Bologna in overtime on November 27, 2003. Anthony Parker signed 11/13.
Olympic Union – Cibona 92-88
In December 2006, Cibona became the first team to equal the record but failed to secure the road victory against Union Olimpija. Davor Kus then tied Andrija Zizic’s record for unrelenting free throws at 17/17 set by Andrija Zizic the previous season. Mirotic opted for 18/18 as a member of Real Madrid in 2012-13 to overtake Kus and Zizic.
Panathinaikos – Partizan 80-93
The most recent team with 42 free throws was Panathinaikos in a loss to Partizan in the 2006-07 regular season. The team then coached by Zeljko Obradovic had a total of 53 free throws but missed the target in 11 attempts. Tony Delk had 11/12 under his belt.