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Stephen Curry breaks NBA career 3-point record

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Stephen Curry breaks NBA career 3-point record

HISTORIC. Stephen Curry celebrates after knocking in the three-point basket that broke the league record.

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‘He has revolutionized the way the game is played and continues to leave fans in awe with his amazing artistry and extraordinary shooting ability’

Stephen Curry broke the NBA record for most career three-pointers when the Golden State superstar drained his second trey in the Warriors’ game at the New York Knicks Tuesday night, December 14 (Wednesday, December 15, Manila time).

Curry wasted no time tying Ray Allen’s mark of 2,973 three-pointers by sinking his first attempt, a 29-footer just 64 seconds after tipoff. Curry missed his second attempt before making history at 7:33 left, when he hit a 28-footer beyond the reach of a fast-closing Alec Burks for No. 2,974.

The 33-year-old guard broke the record in his 789th regular-season game – the equivalent of more than six full seasons faster than Allen, who played 1,300 regular-season games.

“To do it here, in Madison Square Garden, in front of this guy right here (points at Allen) and Reggie Miller, it’s special,” Curry said in a courtside interview.

“I’ve had crazy faith since I started playing basketball, to think this moment was possible.”

“I pride myself on shooting a high percentage, on allowing that to help us win games, and now I can pride myself on getting to the number Ray set,” Curry told a news conference later.

“I never wanted to call myself the greatest shooter until I got this record, so I’m comfortable saying that now.”

At halftime of the game, NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement: “It was thrilling to see Steph break the NBA’s all-time record for three-pointers. 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.”

After the record-breaking basket, Curry blew kisses to a roaring sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden and pounded his chest. Once the Knicks got the ball over halfcourt, a timeout was called and Curry’s teammates and coaching staff poured on to the court to exchange hugs and high-fives.

Curry received the milestone ball from head coach Steve Kerr and almost immediately headed to give it to his dad, former NBA star Dell Curry, who was sitting courtside. The two shared a warm hug.

The younger Curry then exchanged hugs with Allen, who was also sitting courtside. The game was being broadcast on TNT by Miller, who held the record from 1998 until Allen broke it during the 2010-2011 season. The TNT cameras captured Miller recording Curry’s celebration from his seat on broadcast row.

Curry’s coach at Davidson College, Bob McKillop, was also in attendance. – Rappler.com