Reliving a record, in 13 parts
Golden State’s Curry bounced back from bagel by setting a new three-point standard
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Warriors guard Stephen Curry was 13-for-17 from three-point range against the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday.