From Rookie to Record-Smasher, Stephen Curry’s Rise to Three-Point King

The Golden State Warriors star guard became the all-time leader in 3-pointers when he hit his 2,974th career three Tuesday night in a 105-96 win over the New York Knicks.

Stephen Curry hit his 2,974th three-pointer on Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden, passing Hall of Famer Ray Allen, who previously held the record. And, Curry beat the record in 511 fewer games. The Golden State Warriors went on to beat the New York Knicks 105-96.

“It was a beautiful ending to this last week,” Curry said after the game. “The buildup to getting this number, it was a special atmosphere. I knew the Garden would deliver just in terms of how iconic this place is — I can’t say it enough, I appreciate so much the way the fans embraced the moment with me and let me kind of get lost in it. I could feel it. Once I took the shot on the wing, it just felt good, looked good — it felt like we were at home.”

Curry began his journey to the top of the NBA’s all-time three-pointers list on Oc.t 30, 2009, as a 21-year-old rookie playing in just his second-ever career game. The television broadcaster that night, Gary Bender, called Curry “one of the pure shooters you’re ever going to see coming out of college.” He was right.

“He has revolutionized the way the game is played and continues to leave fans in awe with his amazing artistry and extraordinary shooting ability,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “We congratulate him on this historic achievement.”

Currently in his 13th season with the NBA, Curry has won three championships, two MVP awards and two scoring titles with the Golden State Warriors. He refused to refer to himself as the greatest shooter of all time until the numbers became undeniable. As for now, Curry said: “I got that baby.”

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