Re­liv­ing a record, in 13 parts

Golden State’s Curry bounced back from bagel by set­ting a new three-point stan­dard

Toronto Star - - SPORTS - VIC­TOR MATHER

Night af­ter night, in good games and bad games, in wins and losses, Stephen Curry made threes.

Some­times he made 10. Some­times he made just two or three. Once he made a dozen. But from Novem­ber 2014 to last Satur­day, he al­ways made at least one. His 157-game reg­u­lar-sea­son streak of thee-poin­t­ers is the NBA record. (It is 196 games, if you in­clude play­offs.)

But Satur­day night against the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers, the streak ended. Curry fired up 10 three-poin­t­ers, but none went in, and the Golden State War­riors lost by 20 points.

You might have ex­pected Curry to bounce back in his next game. Did he ever.

Not only did Curry make a three-pointer against the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans to start an­other streak, he hit more threes than any other player has in a sin­gle NBA game, 13, break­ing the record of 12 he shared with for­mer Lak­ers star Kobe Bryant and Donyell Mar­shall, then with the Rap­tors.

Curry ended the game 13-for-17 on three-point at­tempts, a .765 per­cent­age, higher than any of the play­ers who made 12. The War­riors won, 116-106.

“I was hard on my­self in prac­tice the last two days. I had pretty good shoot­ing ses­sions,” he told re­porters af­ter the game. “I don’t over­re­act to games like that, whether I go 0-for-10 or 2-for-12 or what­ever it is. My process is the same, but I had an­other level of fo­cus the last two days try­ing to get my rhythm back and see the ball go in.”

Last sea­son, Curry made 402 three­p­oint­ers, shat­ter­ing his own record of 286 set the sea­son be­fore. Curry has four of the top seven three-point-shoot­ing sea­sons in NBA his­tory.

Here’s a look at the 13 record-set­ting 3s from Mon­day night:

FIRST QUAR­TER

1. De­spite his strug­gles Satur­day, it did not take Curry long to fire up a three. In tran­si­tion, five min­utes into the game, Kevin Du­rant passed to Curry at the three-point line. Buddy Hield of the Pel­i­cans was fo­cused on get­ting back on de­fence, so Curry was open. A swish.

2. Be­hind the line, Curry faked a pass, then shot over Solomon Hill.

3. Curry got the ball near the base­line off a turnover, but Ter­rence Jones was in at­ten­dance. Curry let him jump past, then took a step to the right and hit the shot.

SEC­OND QUAR­TER

4. Curry jumped on a fum­bled pass and ben­e­fited from the con­fu­sion to grab an open shot.

5. Get­ting a pass from Dray­mond Green, who was act­ing as point guard, Curry had E’Twaun Moore’s hand in his face but made the shot any­way while fall­ing back­ward.

6. Curry drib­bled be­tween two de­fend­ers, Hield and Tim Fra­zier, then fired away while lean­ing for­ward. A seem­ingly low-per­cent­age shot for a mor­tal was good for Curry.

THIRD QUAR­TER

7. With Fra­zier’s hand in his face, Curry again calmly took a step to his left and hit.

8. Once again, Curry ben­e­fit­ted from a dropped pass and fired quickly be­fore An­thony Davis could get in the way.

9. A pick by Du­rant did not quite free Curry when Langston Gal­loway got up on him. It didn’t mat­ter. Three more points.

10. Curry waited for Hield to jump up and past him, then sunk it.

FOURTH QUAR­TER

11. The first of three rapid-fire three­p­oint­ers that broke the record. An­dre Iguo­dala with the as­sist.

12. Thirty-nine sec­onds later, the record was tied de­spite Fra­zier’s hand in Curry’s face.

13. Thirty-one sec­onds later, with two min­utes and 23 sec­onds left, the record-breaker, with both Hill and Moore de­fend­ing. The shot also put the War­riors up by 12 in a game that had been fairly close most of the way.

Curry smiled and pumped his fist af­ter the 13th bucket. He took just one more shot in the game, a two­point at­tempt, and missed it. (His two-point shoot­ing on the night was 3-for-9.)

“That’s a pretty cool record to have,” Curry said. “It prob­a­bly won’t last too long, the way guys shoot in this league. But to have the three-point record is pretty spe­cial.”

BEN MAR­GOT/THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

War­riors guard Stephen Curry was 13-for-17 from three-point range against the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans on Mon­day.

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