On This Date 12/29/1997

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Frustrated by an 11-game losing streak, Don Nelson, coach of the Dallas Mavericks, decides to play Bubba Wells for the express purposes of fouling Dennis Rodman in a game against the Chicago Bulls. Rodman was the game’s best rebounder but struggled at the free-throw line. Wells would quickly get six fouls in less than three minutes on the floor, setting a new NBA record. The strategy does not work as Dennis Rodman hits 9-of-12 free throws as the Bulls win 111-105 at the United Center.

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