After making a three-point shot in an NBA-record 127 consecutive regular-season games, Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver finally came up empty in Wednesday's 102-78 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. Korver missed all five of his three-point attempts in the ugly loss, and with the outcome of the game already decided, he didn't play at all in the fourth quarter.
Korver's impressive run began in rather inconspicuous fashion, with one three-pointer in a Nov. 4, 2012 Hawks win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. 89 games later, on Dec. 6, 2013, Korver hit a three-pointer in his 90th consecutive game to pass retired guard Dana Barros for the longest streak in NBA history.
Barros' streak, which lasted 89 games, began Dec. 23, 1994 while he was a member of the Philadelphia 76ers and ended Jan. 12, 1996 while he was with the Boston Celtics. A career 41.1 percent shooter from three-point range, Barros made just one All Star Game appearance and finished his career with per-game averages of 10.6 points, 3.3 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.3 three-pointers.
Korver, like Barros, has spent most of his career as a role player, but the 32-year-old wing has been something more in Atlanta.
Since signing with the Hawks before the 2012-13 season, Korver has started in 115 of his 129 appearances, averaging 32.1 minutes per game. From 2006-07 to 2011-12, Korver played in 426 games for the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz and Chicago Bulls, registering just 10 total starts over a six-season stretch.
Now entrenched in the Atlanta starting lineup, the record-setting sharpshooter will look to start a new streak in Friday's game against the Golden State Warriors.
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