For years, Stephen Curry has been tagged by many as the greatest shooter of them all, but he was not heard to make such a declaration for himself, AP News reported.
But now, with arms raised in the air, Curry said: “I got that baby.”
Before he broke the NBA record Tuesday night, Curry gave a similar pose. The greatest shooter got his 2, 974th 3-pointer during the first quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ winning game against the New York Knicks.
He smashed Ray Allen’s record for ten years after he passed it to Reggie Miller. The two were at the game and awarded Curry with a jersey with a 2, 974 on the back.
The figure could be around 4, 000 or over by the time Curry finishes the game in a way that barely happened before him.
“He has totally changed the game of basketball as we know it,” Draymond Green, Curry’s teammate, said.
With 7:33 left in the first quarter, Curry released the record shot from the right wing. He waved his arms up, blew a kiss, and pounded his chest. He then jogged back down the court.
A foul was committed by the Warriors and immediately asked for a timeout to start the celebration.
He then came to his father, Dell Curry, who was at a baseline and gave him a hug. His coach at Davidson, Bob McKillop, and Larry Rey, beamed on the stands.
He received an embrace from several others, including Green. Eventually, Curry came back across the court, hugged, and got some congratulatory messages from Allen.
Two of the top three seasons for 3-pointers were secured by Curry. It includes the only season with 400 3 points, and now gained a record on his career.
After the postgame interview, fans waited on the court, chanting “MVP! MVP!”.
“I think fans are attracted to him just because of his humility and his story and how hard he’s had to work, so from that standpoint it transcends sports somewhat,” Steve Kerr, Golden State coach, said.