Steph Curry cemented his place among the NBA’s greatest ever players on Tuesday night when he became the league’s highest-ever three-point scorer as the Golden State Warriors beat the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
The 33-year-old needed to score just one three-pointer against the Knicks to equal Ray Allen’s mark of 2,973 and had reached 2,974 in the first quarter, scoring five three-pointers across the night.
"I appreciate so much the way the fans embraced the moment with me and let me get kind of lost in it," said Curry.
"There was a lot of emotion for sure because I know how much work has gone into this, dreaming big from the time I first picked up a basketball.”
What's more impressive is that Curry achieved the feat in just 789 games, while Allen, who achieved the record in 2011 with the Boston Celtics, hit the benchmark after 1,300. Allen, alongside Reggie Miller, who held the record at 2,560 before Allen, gave Curry a jersey with “2,974” emblazoned on it after the match.
"Basketball history, this is pretty special," Curry said. "These two legends. I watched them growing up and understood what it meant to shoot the ball because of them and my dad.
"Full-circle moment, man. I'm blessed, blessed for sure."
Following the landmark achievement, LA Lakers legend LeBron James tweeted, "Just landed in Dallas to see Stephen Curry broke the record and to make it even doper he did it in the Garden!! Wow congrats brother!! Incredible."
Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant, a former Warriors teammate of Curry’s, added, “2974…more on the way. Congrats to the God Stephen Curry."
Golden State Warriors 105-96 win over the Knicks keeps Steve Kerr’s men at the summit of the Western Conference with 23 wins and five defeats this season.
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