Basketball fans often use the phrase "He's putting up video game numbers" when a player finishes with an impressive stat line, but it has reached the point where video games are likely jealous of Stephen Curry's production.
The Golden State Warriors superstar added another line to his incredible resume Thursday when he set the NBA's all-time record for consecutive games with a made three-pointer. Curry has now hit a three in 128 straight contests following his long ball in the first quarter against the Orlando Magic:
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Curry's streak started Nov. 13, 2014, during a 107-99 victory against the Brooklyn Nets in a season that saw him win the MVP Award and bring an NBA title to Golden State.
Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver had previously held the record after drilling a three-pointer in 127 consecutive games between November 2012 and March 2014. Korver passed former Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics guard Dana Barros, who made a three-pointer in 89 straight contests between 1994 and 1996.
Curry commented on what the record would mean leading up to Thursday's contest, per Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
It’s just that level of consistency and longevity of being able to knock down 3s no matter what the situation is and game after game. Honestly, when I first heard about it was the middle of last year. I thought that was a crazy record that would be tough to top. It’s a big part of my game and what I do. I have a lot of confidence shooting the ball so hopefully I can get there. Kyle has been a standard for a lot of the 3-point records. Any time you do something special, his name pops up. It means a lot.
This is not the only record Curry owns for his long-range marksmanship. He set the standard for the most three-pointers made in a regular season in 2014-15, when he drained 286, breaking his own record of 272 that he set in 2013. Of course, it is only a matter of time before he breaks it again, considering he had 266 coming into Thursday's contest.
His name is all over the record book for that particular stat, per Basketball-Reference.com:
|Most Three-Pointers in a Single Season|
|1||Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors||286||2014-15|
|2||Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors||272||2012-13|
|3||Ray Allen, Seattle SuperSonics||269||2005-06|
|4||Dennis Scott, Orlando Magic||267||1995-96|
|5||Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors||266 (coming into Thursday)||2015-16|
|6||Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors||261||2013-14|
|7||George McCloud, Dallas Mavericks||257||1995-96|
|8||Jason Richardson, Charlotte Hornets||243||2007-08|
|9||Peja Stojakovic, Sacramento Kings||240||2003-04|
|10||Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors||239||2014-15|
Curry also set the record for the most three-pointers made in a single postseason with 98 during Golden State’s championship run in 2014-15. The reigning MVP smashed Hall of Famer Reggie Miller's previous record of 58, which he set when the Indiana Pacers reached the 2000 NBA Finals.
In terms of his latest record, Curry wasted little time tying Korver's mark of 127 on Wednesday, hitting a three-pointer on Golden State's first basket of the game against the Miami Heat:
Curry’s prolific shooting has set the tone for what could become the greatest season for a team in NBA history. The Warriors were 51-5 coming into Thursday’s contest and are within striking distance of the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins in a regular season.
A number of things make Golden State nearly unbeatable on a nightly basis, and Curry’s ability to pull up from well beyond the three-point line and connect at a record pace is near the top of the list.
While Curry and every other Warriors player would likely say winning a second straight title is more important than chasing 72 wins, both are possible if he continues to shoot at a historic pace.