Golden State Warriors superstar guard Stephen Curry is now on the fifth spot for record for most three pointers in the history of the NBA.
Curry made 11 three pointers on Wednesday to climbed to the fifth spot in the NBA record list with 2,162 career three pointers made in the game. The number one on the list is Ray Allen who made 2,973 three pointers in his NBA career.
The hot shooting night of Curry also carried his team to a 144-122 win over the visiting Washington Wizards. What made the hot shooting night of Curry even more remarkable is the fact that he made his 51 points explosion only the first three quarters since the coaching staff decided not to field him anymore in the fourth quarter.
“I don’t even know how to describe what I witnessed tonight,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Amazing. Video game stuff.” Fans at Oracle Arena showered Curry with MVP chants throughout the night as he made the game look easy. Curry tied his career high for points at Oracle, matching the 51 he scored against the Dallas Mavericks in 2015.
“Everything felt in rhythm,” Curry said, noting that he knew it would be a special night late in the first quarter. “You start to get good looks, you don’t have to force anything to find them and you can just repeat that same motion and it’s going in. The crowd gets into it, my teammates are encouraging me.
The last 3 in the first quarter is probably the funniest thing I’ve experienced on the court where two guys on my team are yelling at me from the time I was at the other free throw line like, ‘Don’t pass it, don’t pass it. You better shoot it,’ all that type of stuff. I’m hearing that while I’m dribbling down, and it was kind of all the motivation you need just to launch it, and thankfully it went in.”
NBA Career Leaders In Made 3-Pointers
Stephen Curry passed Jamal Crawford on Wednesday night for fifth on the all-time list.
1. Ray Allen 2,973
2. Reggie Miller 2,560
3. Jason Terry 2,282
4. Kyle Korver 2,214
5. Stephen Curry 2,162
6. Jamal Crawford 2,154
Curry’s 31 points in 20 minutes in the first half marked the ninth time in his career he scored at least 30 points in a half, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Only Houston Rockets star James Harden has more 30-point halves, with 14, in his career.
“It’s weird because I couldn’t miss from 3,” Curry said. “But two of the easiest layups that I’ve ever had I think in the NBA before, so you just [are] partly frustrated like, ‘What could have been?’ four or six more points, but at the end of the day, it’s just one of those nights you just have so much fun playing the game. Taking some dare shots and obviously trying to sustain it for as long as I’m out there on the floor.”