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Sixers' Markelle Fultz pump fakes free throw

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Alex Butler
Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz scored five points and had five assists in 24 minutes against the Miami Heat on Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Photo courtesy of the NBA
Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz scored five points and had five assists in 24 minutes against the Miami Heat on Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. Photo courtesy of the NBA

Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Markelle Fultz left a lot to be desired during a free throw attempt during the Philadelphia 76ers' win against the Miami Heat.

He pump faked the shot before banging it off of the rim.

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Fultz's folly came with 7:35 remaining in the first half of the 76ers' 124-114 victory on Monday at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft scored five points and had five assists in 24 minutes of action.

Fultz went to the line after being fouled by Josh Richardson while making a finger roll layup. He stepped up for his only attempt and took a few dribbles before crouching and eying the rim. Fultz went up to release the ball, but instead held it in his hands.

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Several players crashed into the paint, fooled by Fultz's mistake. The ball hit the back iron and fell to the floor, preserving Miami's 46-44 advantage at the time.

Fultz told reporters after the game that the ball slipped out of his hand.

"I mean, the ball slipped out of my hand, so I had to do what I had to do," Fultz told ESPN and the Philadelphia Inqurier. "But I'm not really worried about it. I work on my game. The ball just happened to slip. That's what happened."

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Fultz, 20, hit 47 percent of his free throws last season. He is hitting them at a 57 precent clip in 2018. The shooting guard is also shooting 41 percent from the floor and 30 percent from 3-point range.

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