Stat of the Week: Miami Heat improving at the foul line

The Miami Heat have started hitting their free throws the last four games.

The Miami Heat have started hitting their free throws the last four games.

The Miami Heat have been involved in more games that have been decided by 10 points or less than any team in the NBA with the exception of the Celtics.

Miami is 7-19 in those games and one reason has been its poor free throw shooting. And although Miami remains the worst free throw shooting team in the league, making just .672, but they have started showing signs of improving at the line.

Of course, some that is due to the fact that Miami’s worst free throw shooter, center Hassan Whiteside, whose .540 percent better than just three players in the league, has missed the last three games.

But let’s not let that put a damper on a positive trend.

All of which leads us to our stat of the week:

.794: The Heat free throw shooting percentage the last four games. The Heat have gone 7-of-10, 14-of-18, 12-of-16 and 25-of-29, from the line in their last four games. The Heat snapped a six-game losing streak Wednesday in Sacramento thanks partly to their free throw shooting. The Heat were clutch from the line making 25 and all four in the fourth quarter of a 107-102 victory. Goran Dragic led the way by making all nine of his attempts. Dragic is 14-of-15 over the last two games. Wayne Ellington (.857) and Dragic (.801) are the only two Heat players shooting better than 80 percent at the line.

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