Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry sets NBA three-point record

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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry eclipsed Ray Allen’s all-time NBA three-point record on Tuesday, enjoying a “good time” at Madison Square Garden.

Curry, whose remarkable shooting range revolutionized the NBA during his 13-year tenure, tied Allen’s record with his 2,973rd career three-point shot.

It happened on his first shot of the clash with the New York Knicks, less than two minutes into the competition, and the crowd was on their feet.

He then missed a chance to break the record, but with 7:33 left in the opening period Anthony Wiggins kicked the ball to him from the paint and he whistled the number 2,974, letting out a scream as his teammates were celebrating with him and the New York crowd cheered.

“I can’t say it enough, I appreciate so much the way the fans embraced the moment with me and let me lose myself in it a bit,” said Curry, 33.

“Hell yeah!” his teammate Draymond Green shouted as the Warriors called a time out and photographers gathered around Curry. “This is greatness! ”

Curry has been looking to break Allen’s record for years. He finally broke the mark in his 789th career game; Allen hit his old benchmark in 1,300 appearances.

Curry exchanged an emotional hug with coach Steve Kerr, who encased the ball used in the record-breaking shot.

Curry then hugged his father, former NBA player Dell Curry, as well as Allen, who was on the court.

“There was definitely a lot of emotion because I know how much work went into it, dreaming big from the moment I first picked up a basketball,” said Curry.

Kerr said the moment was “more emotional” than he had expected.

“It was just a wave of love and support for Steph from everyone in the building,” Kerr said. “Beautiful, beautiful moment.”

Curry is on track to score over 400 three-pointers this season, which would put him at over 3,200 for his career.

He ended the night with five three-pointers as the Warriors came away late to beat the Knicks 105-96 and improve their league-leading record to 23-5.

Such is Curry’s long-term prowess that he was truly convinced he could break the record with a score of 16 in a game in a home game against the Portland Trail Blazers last Wednesday.

It didn’t happen, but he didn’t have to wait too long.

Electric atmosphere

Curry’s 54-point performance against the Knicks on February 27, 2013 at Madison Square Garden was the harbinger of a career that now includes three NBA titles and two Most Valuable Player awards.

“It’s been a long week since our last home game, where everyone was talking about 16,” he said.

“(It) seemed like every photo I took came with a different level of anticipation and anxiety.

“I was just trying to play my game. Tonight it kind of fell into place perfectly, I did the first one, put this one aside, then let the record come to me.”

The atmosphere was electric even before the game, with Allen and Reggie Miller holding the record three points at 2,560 before Allen beat him in 2011, serving as a television commentator.

The two chatted and shared a pre-game hug with Curry, with filmmaker and Knicks super fan Spike Lee capturing the moment with his phone’s camera.

After the match, Allen and Miller presented Curry with a jersey number 2,974.

“The history of basketball is pretty special,” said Curry. “These two, legends. I watched them grow up and understood what it was like to shoot the ball because of them and my dad.

“Full circle moment, man. I am blessed, blessed for sure.”

The reaction from the whole league was swift.

“Just landed in Dallas to see @ StephenCurry30 break the record and to make it even more dope he did it in the GARDEN !!” Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James tweeted. “WOW CONGRATULATIONS BROTHER !! AMAZING.”

Curry and the Warriors won NBA titles in 2015, 2017, and 2018 against teams from the Cleveland Cavaliers led by James.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver called Curry’s achievement “exciting.”

“He revolutionized the way the game is played and continues to leave fans in awe of his incredible artistry and extraordinary shooting ability. We congratulate him on this historic achievement.”

Former Lakers greats Magic Johnson praised Curry “for making history.”

“Thank you @ StephenCurry30 for revolutionizing basketball forever! ”

(AFP)

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