Basketball Court: During the Golden State Warriors’ 105-96 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, Stephen Curry passed Ray Allen to become the NBA’s all-time leader in career 3-pointers with a pair of first-quarter triples.
Curry surpassed the 3-point record in 789 games, which is 511 fewer games than Allen (1,300) needed. Curry has stated that after breaking the record, “it’ll just be about how far you can push it.”
Curry now needs just 26 more 3-pointers to reach 3,000 for his career, a feat that no other player in NBA history has accomplished.
On Tuesday, Curry wasted no time in hitting his first long shot, a 29-footer that gave the Warriors a 5-2 lead only one minute into the game. At 7:32, Curry made the game-tying shot, and officials immediately called a timeout to allow the sold-out Madison Square Garden crowd to properly honour Curry’s historic achievement.
Curry hugged numerous people as he walked around the court, then sat on the bench before enjoying a long moment with teammate Draymond Green. Curry also hugged previous world record holder Allen, while childhood hero Reggie Miller, who was on the call for TNT, captured the historic moment on his phone.
Alicia Keys, former NFL star and TV presenter Michael Strahan, comedian Pete Davidson, and Steph Curry’s parents, Dell and Sonya Curry, were among the celebrities that attended the MSG event.
The Warriors’ struggles to get to Madison Square Garden only added to the drama. Kerr and a few players handled postgame interviews after Golden State edged the Indiana Pacers on Monday to avoid consecutive defeats for the first time this season.
However, the Warriors immediately learned of mechanical problems with their chartered plane. According to Kerr, this forced the Warriors to wait for an hour at Gainbridge Fieldhouse while they awaited word on whether they would be permitted to fly out of Indianapolis.
Negative. As a result, the Warriors reloaded the buses and returned to The Conrad hotel for another night in town. On Tuesday, they left Indianapolis at 10.35 a.m. for a 7.30 p.m. tip at Madison Square Garden.
Kerr correctly predicted that the team’s travel issues would not harm them.
Curry had made only 8 of 29 3-point attempts in the first two games of Golden State’s current five-game road trip. Kerr attributed it to a combination of opponents selling out to stop Curry, who he believes was “pushing” a little too hard.
“Over the last week or two, everyone has been playing as well, especially every team seems to be trying to keep Steph from earning the record,” Kerr said moments before Tuesday’s game. “As a result, our opponents’ defences have been razor-sharp. It is great to be back in a situation where we have a strong record and teams are eager to play us. It’s a nice situation to be in, but it also means we have to be ready every night.
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