Move over Ray Allen. There’s a new top three-point marksman in the NBA.
Stephen Curry broke Allen’s single-season three-point field goal record of 269 makes on Wednesday during Golden State’s regular season finale against Portland, as he drained his 270th triple of the 2012-2013 campaign with just under seven minutes to go in the first half. He then hit two more to set the new record at 272 three-pointers for a single season.
Curry has been known as one of the league’s best perimeter shooters since being drafted by the Warriors in 2009, but this was the first season in which he has stayed healthy for the majority of Golden State’s 82 games. Despite averaging a career-high 22.9 points this season, Curry was not selected to the West All-Star team, but he did participate in the three-point shootout, where he finished with 17 points.
Curry was already part of one NBA record coming into the game, as he and teammate Klay Thompson had combined for 474 threes before the tip against Portland. The previous record was owned by the tandem of Dennis Scott and Nick Anderson, who drained 435 threes as members of the Orlando Magic.
Now, Curry and Thompson will take their effortless three-point strokes into the postseason, as the Warriors prepare for a first round match-up against the Denver Nuggets. It will be a major challenge for Golden State, but coach Mark Jackson knows his guys – especially Curry – will be ready to shoot lights out.
“The one thing I know about Steph Curry — he’s not afraid when the lights are brightest,” Jackson said, according to ESPN.com.