The Hawks were never in the game Wednesday, falling behind by double digits in the first quarter en route to a 102-78 thrashing. By the second half, when the game was no longer in doubt, the main drama shifted to Korver, who was 0-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer sat Korver on the bench to start the fourth quarter and did not make a move to reinsert the shooting guard. As the Atlanta reserves closed out the game, ESPN's NBA Twitter account perfectly captured Korver's mood on the bench:
With 4 minutes left, it does not appear that Kyle Korver will get back into the game, ending his streak at 127. pic.twitter.com/tMWsglVpN1— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 6, 2014
He overtook Dana Barros earlier in the 2013-14 season to claim the undisputed record for consecutive games with at least one three. By stretching the record to 127, he added 38 games to Barros' mark (89).
The last regular-season game in which Korver failed to hit a three was also his first game as a Hawk: a loss to the Houston Rockets on Nov. 2, 2012.
Korver has been a key addition for Atlanta over the past two seasons. In fact, he came into Wednesday's game tied with All-Star Paul Millsap for the team lead in win shares, with 4.7, per Basketball-Reference.com.
Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling wrote earlier in the season that the 32-year-old might just be better than ever, thanks to years of comprehensive offseason workouts: "Now 11 years into his career, Korver feels that he's finally at the peak of his game, having learned to adjust to the mechanical changes he went through during the past five summers..."
Though Korver is smart enough to know that his three-point shot is his most valuable weapon, he has always thought of himself as more than just a shooter, per USA Today's Ray Glier: "Three-point shooting better be the best part of my game, but if that's all you do, you don't get to play that much in the NBA. I try and be solid all around. I enjoy basketball, not just shooting."
Now that Korver has been knocked off his perch, who is next in line? As it turns out, the second-place sharpshooter on the active list is now a real threat to take the record: Stephen Curry, at 50 games.
While he can't get there this year, Curry has all three of the necessary components for a consecutive shooting streak:
- Otherworldly shooting touch.
- Time on the court (37.0 minutes per game).
- The ball in his hands at all times.
Korver may have lost his streak Wednesday, but he still holds the record. With a talent like Curry building one of his own, however, that record might not be his for very long.