Stephen Curry by no means wished to say it himself, even when others have been saying it for years.
He refused to name himself the best shooter of all of them till the numbers mentioned so.
“I got that baby,” Curry mentioned, elevating his arms excessive within the air.
He struck the identical pose hours earlier Tuesday evening after taking pictures his option to the highest of the NBA record guide along with his 2,974th three-pointer within the first quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ win over the New York Knicks.
Curry broke the record set by Ray Allen, who held it for 10 years after passing Reggie Miller. They have been each on the recreation and offered Curry with a jersey with a 2,974 on the again.
That quantity could possibly be 4,000 or extra by the point Curry is finished enjoying a recreation in a method that hardly existed earlier than him.
“He has totally changed the game of basketball as we know it,” teammate Draymond Green mentioned.
Curry hit the record shot from the suitable wing with 7:33 remaining within the first quarter, waving his arms towards the sky, blowing a kiss and pounding his chest as he jogged backward down courtroom. The Warriors then dedicated a foul and shortly known as timeout to let the celebration start.
Curry went and embraced his father, Dell Curry, who was seated alongside a baseline, whereas Bob McKillop, his coach at Davidson, stood within the stands and beamed alongside Larry Riley, who drafted Curry for the Warriors. Then got here a hug from Green, amongst others and, lastly, Curry trotted again throughout the courtroom for a protracted embrace and some congratulatory phrases from Allen.
Curry already owns two of the highest three seasons for three-pointers – together with the one season with 400 threes – and now has the career record.
It got here at Madison Square Garden, the place Curry had certainly one of his early-career highlights on 27 February 2013, when he made 11 three-pointers and scored 54 factors. He’s gone on to win two MVP awards and three championships whereas turning into one of many greatest, hottest stars within the recreation.
Fans waited lengthy afterward whereas he carried out a postgame interview on the courtroom, chanting “MVP! MVP!” when he completed.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry hugs his father Dell Curry after the record-breaking basket. Photograph: Mary Altaffer/AP
“I think fans are attracted to him just because of his humility and his story and how hard he’s had to work, so from that standpoint it transcends sports somewhat,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr mentioned earlier than the sport.
Curry had been removed from his greatest past the arc to begin this street journey, going 3 for 14 in Philadelphia after which 5 for 15 in Indiana. But along with his potential to go from slumping to surging in a rush, Kerr predicted a breakout can be coming quickly.
It got here shortly Tuesday. Curry hit from straightaway on his first try, and followers across the area stood as he was dribbling the ball throughout heart courtroom on the subsequent possession. He launched an unsightly try that he missed.
The record-breaker got here on his subsequent shot and was classic Curry. He gave the ball up and ultimately raced again to the skin, getting the ball again and seemingly launching it in the identical movement earlier than a defender may get out to him.
Not a simple shot, however Curry has made it so many instances he knew this one was pure.
“Oh, for sure,” he mentioned.
It’s that fast shot – whether or not after catching it or on the dribble – and the flexibility to launch from to date behind the arc that’s made him a shooter in contrast to any earlier than him.
“He’s the best shooter I’ve ever seen, and I think it’s clear he is the best catch-and-shoot player,” former Dallas famous person Dirk Nowitzki not too long ago mentioned. “But where he’s so good is off the dribble, and I think that’s something that he added, the quick three off the dribble. It’s one motion and his shot is gone.”
None of Curry’s stardom was assured when he entered the league in 2009 because the No 7 decide from Davidson, removed from one of many basketball powerhouses that normally produce the highest gamers.
But with maybe an unmatched mixture of dribbling and taking pictures accuracy, he led a long-distance revolution that has turned the three-pointer from an afterthought in NBA offenses right into a weapon. He has led the league in three-pointers six instances and is effectively on his option to a seventh for a resurgent Warriors crew that once more has the league’s greatest record at 23-5.
“He has revolutionized the way the game is played and continues to leave fans in awe with his amazing artistry and extraordinary shooting ability,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver mentioned in a press release. “We congratulate him on this historic achievement.”
Curry may put the record effectively out of attain at his present tempo: He entered the evening making 5.4 three-pointers per recreation this season, better of his career.
Curry, 33, has now performed 789 video games, with maybe a couple of extra seasons on the prime. At the identical level in his career, Allen had 1,918 threes.