There was little doubt it would happen.
After making nine 3-pointers against the Los Angeles Lakers on April 12 and seven 3-pointers against the San Antonio Spurs on April 15, Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was just one made 3-pointer shy of tying Ray Allen’s single-season NBA record of 269 shots made from beyond the arc and two made 3-pointers away from putting himself above all other sharpshooters in the record books.
With 6:49 left in the second quarter, Curry accomplished this feat with an open 3-point shot on the right wing. The Warriors would go and take care of business against the Portland Trail Blazers and earn the 99-88 win on the road to clinch the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference and a first-round date with the Denver Nuggets.
Although he was cold for most of the game, it was a matter of when, not if, he would break the record. For the whole season, Curry made less than two 3-pointers in 12 games played this year, which is an impressive feat all by itself.
A growing superstar since the start of the season, Curry was hidden from the national spotlight and overshadowed by the many big-name players on title-contending teams. With the Warriors making a vast improvement from last season as the most improved team in the Western Conference this year with 24 more wins, Curry’s growing scoring, passing and leadership skills has made him become an even bigger star.
While the Bay Area is a prominent media market and large hub with regards to location, population and proximity to many major national distinctions, the Warriors have been—for the lack of a better term—a laughingstock in basketball circles due to their lack of team success over the past few decades, which has limited the Warriors’ star power.
With Curry surpassing Allen’s single-season record in a remarkable precedence, basketball fans from around the world will now certainly know of him and his unique skill set which sets him apart from all other stars. Often found on the highlight reel of game recaps and many other promotional materials for the Warriors, Curry’s All-Star snub is no longer a major talking point for him this season.
Instead, he is without a doubt being discussed by the nation as one of the elite players of the game.
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