Stephen Curry sets New NBA Record for Most 3-Pointers in a Season with 272
Stephen Curry is now an NBA record-holder. Just three years in the professional league and the Davidson standout has already signed his name in the books. On Wednesday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Curry made his 270th three-pointer in the season-eclipsing the previous NBA record made by then Seattle Supersonic, Ray Allen, in 2005-06.
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Everyone was certain that the 6'3 point guard would be posting a new record this season; especially with how he has been performing this season. Before coming into Wednesday's game, Curry was shooting 45.5% from beyond the arc; making an average of 3.5 of his three baskets each game for the duration of his 77 games this season. If these stats were any indication, people believed he would break the record come game night.
"He would be done with that by the end of the first quarter," teammate Jarrett Jack quipped, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.
It may not have turned out the way Jack predicted, but Stephen sure sealed the deal against Portland-both the win and the NBA record. With 6:55 left in the first quarter, the three-year veteran made his 269th three-pointer of the season after a few tries from beyond the arc-to tie the NBA record. In a play that had him setting up a screen for Klay Thompson, Curry found himself open for a three from a David Lee pass and a screen that confused Portland's D. With no defender in sight, he quickly dropped the three from 26-feet. The GS guard was able to seal his 269th shot at an impressive 592 tries, 61 attempts less than Ray Allen's 653.
With the NBA three-point record tied, Curry set his eyes on 270. Missing his next two tries, and at 1 of 7 start, Curry sinks a three off a miss by the Blazers. Carl Landry rebounds the ball, which Jarrett Jack then passes to the right-hand side of the court where Stephen was waiting, taking aim and sinking his record-breaking shot at the 6:49 mark of the second quarter.
Although it was a lackluster performance for the player who had 5 out of 16 shots (31.3 FG%) at the end of the game, it was enough to get him the W and the new NBA record-he set the record at 272 threes in a season. As a matter of fact, in a report published by Yahoo! Sports before the Warriors-Trail Blazers game, Curry said he wouldn't even try to force a record-breaker.
''You just hope it happens. Obviously, I know about it,'' Curry said. ''You just try to play your game, and obviously shooting the ball is a part of it. I'm not going to force it. But it'd be nice to do it.''
The win leaves Golden State at 47-35 and a spot as sixth seed in the Western Conference. The team will be facing the Denver Nuggets on the first round of plays, with a 2-2 record in regular season. Game 1 is set for Saturday, April 20, at Denver.