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Fittingly, the poster child of the NBA’s small-ball, perimeter-oriented era is now the all-time leader in 3-pointers made.
Fittingly, Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry set the record at Madison Square Garden, pro basketball’s biggest stage.
Curry drained a three to surpass Ray Allen’s old mark with 7:33 to go in the first quarter. It was a 28-footer from the right wing, and was the 2,974th 3-pointer of Curry’s career. Allen, who retired in 2014, finished with 2,973.
“It was thrilling to see Steph break the NBA’s all-time record for three-pointers,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “He has revolutionized the way the game is played and continues to leave fans in awe with his amazing artistry and extraordinary shooting ability. We congratulate him on this historic achievement.”
Curry appeared to tear up while the game was paused and he watched on the giant scoreboard above the court.
“”It was just beautiful,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr, once renowned for 3-pointers himself, told TNT’s Allie LaForce at halftime.
Curry has been the Warriors’ brightest star in their rebound season, as they again look like a championship contender after two years of missing the playoffs. They made the Finals every year from 2015-19, winning three titles in that span.
“Steph has definitely changed the game,” legendary center and current TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal said.