Magic center Howard smashes 50-year-old NBA free-throw record

Orlando Magic All-Star center Dwight Howard Thursday smashed Wilt Chamberlain's 50-year-old NBA record for the most free-throw attempts in a game -- shooting 39 times from the charity stripe as Orlando beat the Golden State Warriors 117-109 in Oakland.

Howard, a dreadful free-throw shooter, hit 21 of the foul shots and added 12 of 21 from the field to end up with a career-high 45 points and 23 rebounds.

Hall of Fame center Chamberlain set the previous record of 34 free-throw attempts in a game against St Louis in 1962 -- putting 19 of those through the hoop.

Howard has averaged less than 60 percent from the foul line for all but one season since entering the NBA in 2004, but has gotten markedly worse this year -- averaging around 43 percent.