With two three-pointers against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry broke Ray Allen's single-season record for treys. The Warriors announced the news via Twitter:
Hello history. @StephenCurry30 hits another three and now stands alone w/ the most single-season 3-pointers ever. #270AndCounting4/18/2013, 3:18:34 AM
Widely regarded as one of the best pure shooters of all time, Allen poured in 269 long balls (on a 41.2 percent mark and 3.4 per-game average) during the 2005-06 season with the Seattle SuperSonics.
By comparison, Curry set the record with over 50 fewer attempts than Allen, shot a blazing 45.5 percent from beyond the arc and averaged 23.0 points per contest coming into the season finale versus Portland.
To get to Allen's mark, Curry needed a somewhat ridiculous second half of the season. In 12 February games, he hit 3.7 threes per game at a staggering 48.4 percent clip. In 16 March contests, he again averaged 3.7, this time on 44.0 percent shooting.
He has gone wild in April, averaging 26.9 points and hitting an unbelievable 32 threes at a 45.7 percent clip in seven games (4.57 per contest) leading up to Wednesday's matchup with the Blazers.
Curry has put together some truly memorable individual performances in the second half. In February, he dropped 54 points against the New York Knicks with a video-game-like 11-of-13 shooting from outside.
Last time out against Portland, he knocked down seven treys en route to 39 points. In the infamous Kobe Bryant-injury game, he hit 9-of-15 from deep and dropped 47 points.
The stats are overwhelmingly impressive, of course, in the breaking of a record, but when it comes down to it, Curry doesn't need any quantitative value to prove his worth.
His jump shot, as most of the world learned when he was at Davidson, is one of the more beautiful things on this planet and has been known to make grown men cry.
While Curry's assists on a per-minute basis took a slight hit this season (though still an impressive average of near seven assists a game), I think Mark Jackson and company will happily settle for a record-setting season from beyond the arc and the team's first playoff appearance in six years.
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