It didn’t even take one quarter of the Warriors’ 105-96 road win over the Knicks, for the greatest shooter of this era to become the NBA’s new 3-point king.
Curry’s record-setter came courtesy of a 28-footer from the right wing.
“It was thrilling to see Steph break the NBA’s all-time record for three-pointers,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “He has revolutionized the way the game is played and continues to leave fans in awe with his amazing artistry and extraordinary shooting ability. We congratulate him on this historic achievement.”
For the night, Curry hit five threes on his way to a team-high 22 points.
“I thought the night was perfect,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who called timeout after the record shot to make room for a celebration. “It just pretty much encapsulated who he is and his reaction to it was perfect.”
Of course, Curry is likely to surpass the record by somewhere in the hundreds — or more.
“Steph is the best to ever shoot a basketball and we get the opportunity to go to work with him every day and it’s a very special thing,” Warriors forward Draymond Green said.
Needless to say, Curry has been the Warriors’ brightest star in a bounce-back of a season, as they again look like championship material after two seasons of missing the playoffs entirely. They made the Finals each year from 2015-19, winning three rings in that span.
“Steph has definitely changed the game,” legendary center and current TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal said.
Allen held the record since 2014, when he retired. He and Curry embraced after Curry set the record and the game was paused.
Steph celebrates the moment with Ray Allen ? pic.twitter.com/4Nmbyvmy7O
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