Warriors Become 1st Team in NBA History to Make 1,000 3-Pointers

Mike Norris@@MikeNorrisBRFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2016

April 3, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates after making a basket as guard Klay Thompson (11) looks on during the first quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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The Golden State Warriors became the first team in NBA history to make 1,000 three-pointers in a season Sunday.

It was fitting that point guard Stephen Curry—who broke the single-season record for three-pointers made in February—connected on the milestone shot in the second quarter of his team's game against the Portland Trail Blazers:

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With this Steph Curry three, the @warriors became the first team in @NBAHistory to make 1000 threes in a season 👌https://t.co/OiP09Y9vhF

The accomplishment is just one in a long list for Golden State, which includes the most wins to start a season (24), the most consecutive home victories (54) and the most wins in a season in franchise history (69 and counting).

Entering Sunday, the Warriors were five wins away from breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls' NBA record for the most wins in a regular season. With the 136-111 win, they need to go 4-1 to close the season with 73 wins. 

Faizal Khamisa of Sportsnet noted the Warriors like to not only beat records but also crush them:

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The Golden State Warriors have hit 1000 3-pointers this season. And counting, obviously.

While the Warriors, and specifically Curry, have taken flak from critics who suggest the only thing they do well is hit three-pointers, the statistics say otherwise.

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Golden State ranks first in the NBA in assists, second in blocks, fourth in rebounds and eighth in steals. And it hasn't set the record by chucking up as many treys as possible. The Warriors also lead the NBA in three-point percentage at 41.8—well above the second-place San Antonio Spurs' 38.1 percent mark.

The Warriors do a lot of things well—including outscoring opponents by the second-best margin in the league—and nailing three-pointers at an incredible rate is just one of the reasons they lead the league in scoring with 115.3 points per game.

As long as the team keeps shooting with the same efficiency, it's going to be hard for any opponent to stop Golden State in the postseason.

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