It is not every day that a player confirms himself as a legend of the game. For many it takes time over a long career, where they achieve so much as an individual and as a team mate to receive the plaudits from peers and former stars alike.
For a select few, they do not require acclamation from their peers. It is evident in the stats.
And Steph Curry is one of those players having set a new benchmark for 3-Point scoring in the NBA in last night’s 105-96 win for his Golden State Warriors team over the New York Knicks.
With seven minutes and 33 seconds left in the first quarter of the game, Curry sank a 28-foot 3-pointer from the right wing to surpass Ray Allen’s record and land the 2,974th 3-pointer of his career.
“STEPHEN CURRY…THE ALL-TIME THREE-POINT KING IN THE NBA.”
— NBA (@NBA) December 15, 2021
In somewhat surreal scenes, the Warriors quickly fouled from the Knicks restart and called a timeout so that Curry could take in the momentous feat that he had achieved.
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Standing Ovation For Warriors Superstar
After Curry’s record-breaking score, players from both teams, as well as many ex-professionals from the sidelines streamed onto the court to congratulate him on the feat and he was quickly wrapped up in a big bear hug from long-time Warriors team-mate Draymond Green.
Curry took the ball he used to break the record to the sideline and handed it to his father and to rapturous applause at the Garden, he then went into the centre circle to receive the congratulations f the former 3-Point record holder Ray Allen.
The moment was not lost on Curry, who sat back down on the bench with tears in his eyes.
Reggie Miller joined Ray Allen to present Curry with a special Warriors jersey with 2,974 on the back.
Curry later admitted that seeing Miller and Allen in person at the game was above and beyond his wildest hopes for how he would be able to mark the momentous occasion.
“I Knew The Garden Would Deliver”
Speaking after the Warriors win, Curry stated:
“It was a beautiful ending to this last week. The build-up to getting this number, it was a special atmosphere.”
“I knew the Garden would deliver just in terms of how iconic this place is. I can’t say it enough, I appreciate so much the way the fans embraced the moment with me and let me kind of get lost in it.”
“I was a special moment for sure, that I appreciate, and I’ll remember for the rest of my life, in terms of what it means to me to pass Ray.”
“Him and Reggie , guys I’ve looked up to coming into the game. Definitely special.”
Curry also warned that he had eyes on setting a benchmark in his career that would be almost impossible for any player to reach.
“It was just a special moment. That I appreciate and I’ll remember for the rest of my life.” -Stephen Curry on snagging 3-point recordhttps://t.co/EIYrDQfWBD
— Warriors Nation (@WarriorNationCP) December 15, 2021
“I pride myself on shooting a high percentage, I pride myself on allowing that to help us win games,” explained Curry.
“And now I can provide myself on the longevity of getting to that number that Ray set and hopefully pushing it to a number that nobody can reach. We’ll see what happens.”
By the end of the game, Curry had already set the bar at 2,978 after landing 5 three-pointers and surpassing 3,000 within the next week or two looks a distinct possibility.
Warriors Win Again To Remain Top Of The West
Somewhat lost in the excitement of Curry’s achievement was the fact that the Warriors won again, maintaining their position at the top of the Western Conference with a 23-5 record, half a game ahead of the 22-5 Suns.
The Brooklyn Nets also retained top spot in the East with an overtime 131-129 win over a battling Toronto Raptors, with Kevin Durant claiming a triple double with 13 rebounds, 11 assists and 34 points, while Patty Mills added 30 points.
The other game last night also went to overtime before the Phoenix Suns stayed hot on the heels of the Warriors with a 111-107 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, Damien Lillard landed 31 points for Portland in that narrow defeat.
Other games include the Clippers facing the. Jazz, the Pacers facing the Bucks, the Wizards taking on the Kings and the Rockets facing a big task against the in-form Cavaliers.