Watch: Stephen Curry breaks record with three in 128th straight game
If there’s a three-point record worth owning, Warriors guard Stephen Curry is coming for it.
The reigning MVP set an NBA record on Thursday by hitting a three-pointer in his 128th straight game, surpassing Hawks forward Kyle Korver, who hit a three-pointer in 127 consecutive games during the 2012–13 and 2013–14 seasons.
Curry’s record-setting three, which came with 5:44 left in the first quarter of a 130–114 win over the Magic in Orlando, extends a streak that dates to Nov. 13, 2014.
“That’s a pretty outrageous number, I think,” Curry said earlier this week, according to the Associated Press. “When I was talking about it last year, I knew where [Korver] was. I think I was at 40 or 45. And I remember hearing what his number was. That’s crazy—every night you’re hitting a three. Whether you’re shooting well or not, you’re still finding a way to knock down at least one. The longevity of that record is pretty remarkable.”
What’s even more remarkable? Curry has now hit at least one three-pointer in 203 out of his last 204 games, with the only blemish being a Nov. 11, 2014, loss to the Spurs. Prior to the San Antonio game, he was riding a streak of 75 games with at least one three-pointer.
Even better, Curry has now made at least one three-pointer in 437 out of 471 games (92.8%) during his seven-year career.
Prior to Korver’s run, the previous record for consecutive games with a three was held by Dana Barros, who connected from deep in 89 straight games during the 1994–95 and 1995–96 seasons.
Here’s a look at how Curry’s streak compares with Korver’s entering Thursday’s action.
Curry: 127 games | 532 3P | 1,174 3PA | 45.3%
Korver: 127 games | 337 3P | 718 3PA | 46.9%
Remarkably, five teams have gone an entire game without making a three-pointer since Curry’s streak commenced in Nov. 2014.
Kings vs. Spurs on 11/15/2014
Sixers vs. Blazers on 11/24/2014
Hornets vs. Nuggets on 1/31/2015
Nets vs. Bulls on 10/28/2015
Heat vs. Hornets on 2/5/2016
Curry’s next-level marksmanship has seen him set records for most three-pointers in a season (286 in 2014–15), most three-pointers in a postseason (98 in 2015), and most three-point attempts in a postseason (232 in 2015). He also surpassed his father, Dell Curry, on the career three-pointers list earlier this season.
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More records are on the horizon for the NBA’s leading scorer: Curry is on pace to smash his own record for three-pointers in a season while also surpassing George McCloud’s record for three-point attempts in a season (678 in 1995–96). At 27, Curry already ranks in the NBA’s top 25 all-time in three-pointers made.
Of course, Curry’s individual brilliance on the perimeter has translated into team success for the Warriors, who won their first title in 40 years last season. In 2014–15, Golden State ranked No. 2 in three-pointers, No. 1 in three-point percentage and No. 2 in offensive efficiency. Entering Thursday, Golden State sat atop the league in three-pointers, three-point percentage and offensive efficiency.
“[Curry is] probably going to go for 300,” Korver said recently, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s always nice to hold on to a record but records are made to be broken.”