Atlanta Hawks shooter Kyle Korver is widely regarded as one of the best three-point shooters in NBA history, someone who puts the "special" in "specialist." We know this in part because he holds several records, including highest three-point shooting percentage in a single season (53.6 percent with the Utah Jazz in 2009-10). On December 6 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Korver earned headlines by making a three-pointer in his 90th consecutive game, breaking a record set by Dana Barros with the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics from 1994 to 1996.
And then it kept going. For 37 more games, Korver made at least one three-pointer, because that's just what he does. It seemed as if the streak might go on forever.
On Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, Korver went 0-for-5 from three-point range (and 1-for-9 from the field) in 28 minutes, ending the streak at 127 games. In all, the Hawks went 3-for-27 from beyond the arc in a 102-78 blowout loss. With the Blazers hammering the Hawks by 24 points after three quarters, Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer sat starters Korver, DeMarre Carroll and Jeff Teague for the entirety of the fourth quarter, which ensured the conclusion of the streak.
''I'm a little bummed,'' Korver said. ''The streak was good, it was good while it lasted. Someday I'll look on it and be proud. Not tonight, obviously. This was a tough game all the way around for us.''
In those 127 games, Korver made 337 threes in total, or an average of 2.65 per contest. The longest active streak in the NBA now belongs to Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry at a mere 50 games. He seems the player most likely to challenge Korver's streak, but there's obviously a long way to go.
On the other hand, it wouldn't be terribly shocking to see Korver challenge his own record. He turns 32 on March 17 and doesn't rely on athleticism, so it's feasible that he could hit a triple in another 127 games. Crazier things have happened.
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