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Raptors' Jose Calderon eyes NBA free throw record

January 29, 2009 |  1:30 pm

Jose Calderon Toronto Raptors guard Jose Calderon has made 86 free throws in a row, dating to last season, and is only 12 away from setting an NBA record for the most consecutive free throws.

His perfection makes the NBA's stat sheet look a bit odd.

Calderon has made all 83 of his free throws this season, so he is shooting 100%, while Phoenix point guard Steve Nash is a distant second at 94.7%.

The NBA record is held by Micheal Williams, who played in the league for 10 years and in 1993, while with the Minnesota Timberwolves, made 97 straight free throws.

Calderon, who was born in Spain, is in his fourth season with Toronto and is a career 88% free throw shooter. His teammate and ex-Bruin Jason Kapono says of Calderon's specialty: "Jose is so mentally strong and focused and he concentrates so well. His stroke is great and he consistently shoots it the same way."

-- Barry Stavro

Photo: Toronto Raptors' Jose Calderon celebrates after scoring a three-point shot against the Chicago Bulls during the fourth quarter of their game last Friday in Chicago. Credit: Nam Y. Huh / Associated Press