Stephen Curry didn't waste very much time on Wednesday night before earning a share of yet another 3-point-shooting record.
Just over one minute into the Warriors' visit to AmericanAirlines Arena to take on the Miami Heat, the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player took a pass from fellow All-Star Draymond Green, calmly rose up from 27 feet away and splashed through a triple:
That too-easy bomb marked the 127th game in a row in which Curry has hit from long distance, matching the record set by Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver between November 2012 and March 2014. Korver broke the record in December 2013, surpassing former Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics guard Dana Barros' mark of 89 consecutive games between 1994 and 1996; he then connected from behind the arc in 37 more games, because there was a period of time where it seemed like basically every long shot Korver put up was cash as soon as it left his hand. Sound like anybody else you know?
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Curry's streak began on Nov. 13, 2014, in the eighth game of a season that would end with an MVP award, a Warriors franchise-record 67 wins and Golden State's first NBA championship in 40 years, and it has continued through the greatest team start to a season in NBA history. Since the start of that win over the Brooklyn Nets, Curry had made 546 3-pointers in 126 regular-season games before tying Korver's record and, just for good measure, capping the first quarter with a seemingly now-customary 40-foot launch:
If Curry can knock one down in the Warriors' Thursday meeting with the Orlando Magic, he'll take sole possession of the record, adding it to a mantel that already includes the records for most 3-pointers made in a single regular season (which, health permitting, he's absolutely going to smash again before season's end) and most 3s made in a single postseason. This particular record doesn't quite have the cachet of those higher-wattage marks, but as Steph recently told Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, what it does mean still means a lot:
“It’s just that level of consistency and longevity of being able to knock down 3’s no matter what the situation is and game after game,” Curry said. “Honestly, when I first heard about it was the middle of last year. I thought that was a crazy record that would be tough to top. It’s a big part of my game and what I do. I have a lot of confidence shooting the ball so hopefully I can get there. Kyle has been a standard for a lot of the 3-point records. Any time you do something special, his name pops up. It means a lot.”
When asked about his 3-point record being in jeopardy, Korver joked.
“Yeah, I think every record is in jeopardy,” he said. “I’m sure he’ll get it. He shoots like 10 or 12 a game. He’s probably going to go for 300. It’s always nice to hold on to a record but records are made to be broken."
Especially when Steph Curry's the one trying to break them.
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