On Friday night, the Golden State Warriors easily defeated the Chicago Bulls 146-109 and Warrior guard Steph Curry scored 28 of his teams 146 points and drained five 3-pointers. But it was his third three-pointer of the game that put him in third place on the all-time NBA three-pointer list.
Curry drained the list-moving trey with early on in the third quarter of the game and the Superstar received a nice ovation from the hometown crowd when his accomplishment was announced to the fans.
Steph passed Jason Terry on the list with his 2,283rd three-pointer and finished the night at 2,285 - behind only Reggie Miller (2,560) and Ray Allen (2,973). Curry grabbed the ball after the game saying he hoped to get it signed by both Miller and Allen.
ESPN quotes Curry talking about the accomplishment:
"It's just a special accomplishment. In terms of two guys that I know are trendsetters in stretching the imagination of the 3-point game. Doing it for many, many, many years, and people that I looked up to as a young kid playing the game. Obviously with my dad [Dell Curry] sparked a love of shooting the basketball -- to look up on the list, and obviously I want to catch them and put together many more years at this pace. Just knowing those two guys are right in front of me, it's a special moment, for sure.
"Because I respect the game, I respect what guys have done before, and those two guys -- those are guys I looked up to."
While he stands in third place now, it seems pretty safe to say that he will end his career in first place. Teammate Klay Thompson: "Steph will obviously be at the top of that list when it's all said and done."
What This Means
While it isn't a big stretch to say Curry is on his way to number one on the list, what could be incredible is that his Splash Brother, Thompson could be sitting there in second place when he is done playing.
Thompson currently sits in 21st place with 1,666 treys and Curry wouldn't be surprised to see him in that second spot,
"I wouldn't be surprised. It's kind of trending that direction what we've been able to do together. I think we both appreciate it, the longevity of what that all-time list looks like, and we are working as hard as ever to continue to be efficient, shoot the ball at a high level. So, that's something to shoot for."
Everyone looked at Mark Jackson sideways when, back in 2013, he called Curry and Thompson "the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game." Doesn't seem like such a crazy statement today does it!?