NEW YORK – Stephen Curry is the new 3-point king in the NBA.
Golden State Warriors star guard became the all-time 3-point leader on Tuesday night against the Knicks, overtaking Hall of Famer Ray Allen to overthrow the 2,974th 3-point of his career.
The record-breaking shot came with 7 minutes and 33 seconds left in the first quarter as Curry knocked down a 28-foot right-wing shot on a pass from Andrew Wiggins. The Warriors quickly made a mistake and requested a time out so that Curry could enjoy the moment.
Curry received a big hug from teammate Draymond Green as players flocked to the ground to congratulate him. He took the ball he was holding in his arm and handed it to his father, Dell, on the ground as the Madison Square Garden crowd gave him an enthusiastic standing ovation. Curry returned to center court moments later to get a hug and congratulations from Allen.
STEPH CURRY MAKES HISTORY!
He now holds the record for most three-pointers of all time with 2,974 and it’s not over 💦
– SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 15, 2021
NBA commissioner Adam Silver praised Curry in a statement released during Tuesday night’s game.
“It was exciting to watch Steph break the NBA all-time three-point record,” Silver said in her statement. “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.”
Curry had tried to hijack talks about the impending record over the past two weeks, acknowledging how much the mark meant to him. His loved ones say they understand and are proud of the greatness he has achieved.
“I can’t explain it,” Dell Curry recently told ESPN. “And I played with and against Ray, played against Reggie [Miller], I know how great shooters these guys were, but knowing that my son is going to leave the game being the best, he’s already the best shooter to ever play, and to have that record is amazing. “
Allen and Miller, who were broadcasting the game for Turner Sports, attended Curry’s record-breaking performance on Tuesday night. The trio shared a few words and a group hug ahead of the game, enjoying the excitement surrounding the inevitable historic moment.
“I think people have compared him to myself and Reggie and other shooters in the past, great NBA shooters, but he really operates a bit in his own way,” Allen said recently. a conference call with the Warriors Beat reporters.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said earlier this season that Curry was the “happiest” player he had ever known. While Curry’s talent has helped the Warriors win three NBA Championships, it’s his presence and leadership behind the scenes that his teammates and coaches respect as much as anything he does.
“What he did just completely redefined what a good shot is,” Kerr said. “Redefined the position of the playmaker, in terms of what is expected. You can see a whole generation of young players playing the game like Steph does, with a shooting range and a grip, all kinds of skill and joy. It’s amazing how much of an impact he has had on the game both strategically and artistically. “
Curry, 33, is one of the early favorites to win his third career MVP award this season. He has scored 3 points in 152 straight games, a streak that began on December 1, 2018. This streak is only second after his streak of 157 games with at least one 3 points from November 13, 2014 to November. 3, 2016.
Both Curry and Kerr said after Monday’s 102-100 win over the Indiana Pacers that there would be a feeling of “relief” when Curry finally broke Allen’s record, but as much as Curry tried to take advantage of the moment he knew the weight of the record would eventually make him moved by his latest career achievement.
“I’ll talk about it when that happens,” Curry said last week, when asked what that would mean. “You are going to make me cry here, my brother.”