K.J. McDaniels fouled Andre Drummond 5 times in 9 seconds

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Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports / Reuters

It's not quite as impressive as Reggie Miller's eight points in nine seconds, but it was just as remarkable.

Houston Rockets swingman K.J. McDaniels, under the directives of interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, intentionally fouled Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond five times in the span of nine seconds to start the third quarter.

After successfully putting Drummond and the Pistons into the penalty, McDaniels subbed out and finished with zero points and five fouls in close to one minute played.

TIME HOUSTON
11:59 K.J. McDaniels personal take foul (Andre Drummond draws the foul)
11:56 K.J. McDaniels personal take foul (Andre Drummond draws the foul)
11:53 K.J. McDaniels personal take foul (Andre Drummond draws the foul)
11:51 K.J. McDaniels personal take foul (Andre Drummond draws the foul)
11:51 K.J. McDaniels personal take foul (Andre Drummond draws the foul)

Here's the footage of McDaniels's strange and constant petting. At least he was kind about it.

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The strategy was implemented after Drummond snagged five offensive rebounds along with six points in the first half - hardly a staggering statline to justify such dramatic tactics. In defense of the Rockets, they did lose All-Star big man Dwight Howard to an ankle injury in the first half.

The goal was to pressure the Pistons to sub Drummond off, which eventually worked (he played nine minutes in the second half and set an NBA record for most missed free throws in a game), but Houston still lost 123-114.

Drummond - who ranks as the league's worst free-throw shooter, connecting at a 35.5-percent clip - shot 13-of-36 from the charity stripe en route to 17 points and 11 rebounds.

"Trying to win the game," Bickerstaff said of his strategy. "It didn't work. That's it. That's all I have to say about that."