Steph Curry Breaks Ray Allen’s Three-Point Record Against the Knicks
No one could have scripted it any better.
With just under eight minutes to go in the first quarter in front of a rabid crowd at the Mecca in New York, Andrew Wiggins dished a pass out of the paint to Steph Curry.
Curry throws up a shot from the perimeter… Bang!
A new three-point king has been crowned. With the score, Curry hit his 2,974th career three-pointer, moving past Ray Allen who just 10 years earlier passed Reggie Miller to take over the throne. In his 13th NBA season, Curry, widely regarded for years as the game’s greatest shooter, has taken his rightful place in the history books.
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“You see how many guys are shooting, or the volume of threes that are getting taken in a game, the way that teams are being constructed to use the three ball as a weapon,” Curry told SI.com late Tuesday. “So I definitely understand it. I don’t know how you quantify it. But it’s more so just the feeling of, it’s a fun way to play the game, but you got to put the work in. And hopefully I can stand alone, with the body of work, when it’s all said and done. But definitely understand that things have changed drastically, and I have a lot to do with that.”
“Hopefully, I can push it to a point that’s untouchable,” Curry added.
At just 33-years of age, it was expected for Curry to blow past Allen’s mark. Curry, who is averaging a career-high 13.4 three-point attempts per game and 8.7 three-point attempts on average for his career, will only continue to add to his growing legend.
“Steph is the guy who grabbed it and ran with it,” Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said, commenting on the paradigm shift that has taken place in the NBA over the past decade. “He changed the way the game is played, the way young players think about the game, the way the entire league feels about the shot.”
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After hitting his record-breaking three-pointer, a timeout was called to celebrate Curry’s historic moment.
“It was a beautiful ending to this last week,” Curry said after the game. “The buildup to getting this number, it was a special atmosphere. I knew the Garden would deliver just in terms of how iconic this place is — I can’t say it enough, I appreciate so much the way the fans embraced the moment with me and let me kind of get lost in it. I could feel it. Once I took the shot on the wing, it just felt good, looked good — it felt like we were at home.”
“It was a special moment, for sure, that I appreciate and I’ll remember for the rest of my life, in terms of what it means to me to pass Ray. Him and Reggie [Miller], guys I’ve looked up to coming into the game. Definitely special.”
Curry would also share a very special moment not only with his parents but Allen and Miller themselves, both of whom were in attendance.
“My respect for Reggie and Ray, guys who set the bar for what it meant to be a sharpshooter,” Curry said. “And have longevity, as well. And for me, I’ve tried to own that in my journey in terms of range, volume, efficiency. All those things go into it. So, I pride myself on shooting a high percentage. I pride myself on allowing that to help us win games. And now I can pride myself on the longevity of getting to that number that Ray set and hopefully pushing it to a number that nobody can reach. We’ll see what happens.”
Congratulations to the new Three-Point King!