With 9:40 remaining in the third quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Danny Green buried his fourth three-pointer of the game. Based on the way he'd been shooting coming into the San Antonio Spurs' last home game of the series (Green had hit at least three triples in each of the four previous games), that shouldn't have been particularly surprising.
But Green's fourth bomb was historic.
DANNY GREEN IS THE NBA FINALS RECORD HOLDER FOR 3s in a series-- 23!— NBA History (@NBAHistory) June 17, 2013
Green would go on to hit two more long-range shots, giving him six for the game and running his record to 25 made triples in the finals. When represented visually, Green's accuracy is incredible.
Here's a hint for the Heat: Don't let Green get loose above the break on the left side. He's 8-of-8 from there. No, seriously; 8-of-8.
Cut three times in his young career before finally finding a role as a "three-and-D" wing with the Spurs, Green has been among the most compelling stories of these finals. In fact, there's an argument to be made that he's deserving of some serious individual hardware if San Antonio manages to take the title.
If the series ended tonight wouldn't Danny Green be Finals MVP?!!!— Jared Dudley (@JaredDudley619) June 17, 2013
Phoenix Suns forward Jared Dudley isn't the only NBA peer to laud Green's performance. Chandler Parsons, who knows a little something about long-range accuracy himself, chimed in to praise his fellow Texan's hot shooting.
Danny Green is automatic.— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) June 17, 2013
Ray Allen, the man whose finals record Green broke, was less than thrilled with what happened.
Ray Allen watches Danny Green break his record for most 3-pointers in an NBA Finals: pic.twitter.com/Ojhes00anO— Beyond The Buzzer (@BeyondTheBuzzer) June 17, 2013
Even a guy as locked in as the Spurs shooting guard can't make 'em all, though. But because he's been so consistent, there's generally been a stunned Twitter reaction whenever he doesn't connect on one of his picture-perfect heaves.
Danny Green missed a wide-open 3 and World War Z is out soon. Coincidence?!— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) June 17, 2013
Obviously buoyed by his entry into the record books, Green did the impossible on the defensive end shortly thereafter: He blocked LeBron James on a breakaway without fouling him.
Of all the things Danny Green has done these Finals, that might be the most amazing. Wow.— Kirk Goldsberry (@kirkgoldsberry) June 17, 2013
Apparently, the confidence his perimeter marksmanship created is spilling into every other aspect of his game.
Green is the future of NBA wings. He knocks down open shots, defends brilliantly and almost always plays within his limited role. Thanks to an outstanding shooting display in this series—which is far from over, by the way—he now also has a place in its storied history.