Curry on track to destroy 3-point record

Sean Callaghan, Sports Reporter

In an instant classic over the weekend, Stephen Curry hit a dozen 3-pointers, including the game-winner from 32 feet out, while giving his Golden State Warriors a 121-118 overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Those 12 3-pointers gave him 288 for the season, breaking his own record of 286 set last season. The Warriors still have 24 games left on their schedule, which gives him plenty of time for him to build on his reputation of what is already one of the greatest shooting seasons in NBA history.

A rough projection, based on how many 3-pointers he’s made through Golden State’s first 58 games, would have Curry finishing this season with about 400 3-pointers — or about a 40 percent increase over his record-setting performance from last season.

Records eventually fall, even those sacred ones that seem untouchable. But rarely do they fall by such an enormous new record as the one Curry is building this year. Take, for example, baseball’s single-season home run record. When Roger Maris bested Babe Ruth’s record in 1961, he did so by a single home run — increasing the record by about 1.7 percent. In the summer of 1998, when Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa raced each other to a new historic high, the mark finally settled at 70 — increasing the record by about 14.8 percent. In 2001, Barry Bonds drove the record up to 73 — an increase of about 4.3 percent.

However, the more threes Curry attempts, the more defenses are devoting effort and attention to stopping him. But, as Oklahoma City discovered this weekend, sometimes all the effort, attention and pressure in the world just doesn’t matter very much.

 

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