OAKLAND, Calif. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry needs two 3-point baskets in the Warriors’ season finale Wednesday to break the NBA record for 3-pointers in a season. If Curry is as hot as he was Monday night, that won’t be a problem.
Curry had seven 3-point baskets, three during a 19-0 fourth-quarter run, on his way to 35 points in Golden State’s 116-106 win over the San Antonio Spurs Monday night.
Curry, who played college basketball at Davidson, plays at Portlant Wedneday with a chance to break Ray Allen’s NBA season record of 269, set in 2005-06.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson is so certain Curry will get it that he removed his star guard from the game with 3:51 to go and the Warriors leading by 18.
That disappointed a sellout crowd of 19,596, which chanted Curry’s name as he approached the record.
Curry didn’t mind being lifted and thought he might have tied the mark with his final 3-pointer because of the crowd reaction.
“I didn’t think it was reachable going into the game, and I just wanted to play my game,” he said. “But that last one I hit, I heard the crowd getting into it and I realized I was close. I didn’t know if it was to break it or tie or what have you.”
Jackson said it wasn’t appropriate to go after the record just for the record’s sake.
“Ray Allen’s number is sitting there, and Steph is aware of it and so am I,” Jackson said. “I didn’t want to chase it, but he started making shots. I liked the idea of being in reach come Wednesday night.
“I don’t know who second place is for best shooter in the world, but he certainly has first place tied up. It’s unbelievable.”
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