Stephen Curry is the new 3-point king of the NBA.
The Golden State Warriors’ star guard became the all-time leader in 3-pointers Tuesday night in a 105-96 win over the New York Knicks, passing Hall of Famer Ray Allen by knocking down the 2,974th of his career.
The record-breaking shot came with 7 minutes, 33 seconds left in the first quarter as Curry knocked down a 28-footer from the right-wing off a pass from Andrew Wiggins. The Warriors quickly fouled and called a time-out so that Curry could enjoy the moment.
Curry received a big hug from teammate Draymond Green as players streamed onto the floor to congratulate him. He took the ball that he was clutching in his arm and handed it to his father, Dell, on the floor as the Madison Square Garden crowd gave him a rousing standing ovation. Curry went back toward center court a few moments later to get a hug and congratulations from Allen.
Then Curry, who had tried to deflect the significance of the moment over the past couple of weeks, couldn’t hold it back anymore. When he sat back down on the bench, tears welled in his eyes.
Curry finished 5-of-14 from 3-point range, bringing his career total to 2,978. He had 22 points, three rebounds, and three assists in the win, and then after the game made sure to thank his teammates for how much he believes they have helped him accomplish.
Curry, 33, is an early favorite to win his third career MVP award this season. He has made a 3-pointer in 152 consecutive games, a streak that started on Dec. 1, 2018. That streak is second only to his stretch of 157 games with at least one 3-pointer from Nov. 13, 2014, to Nov. 3, 2016.