It took Stephen Curry 1:19 to tie Kyle Korver’s NBA record of 127 straight games with a made 3-pointer on Wednesday against the Miami Heat. Twenty-four hours later against the Orlando Magic, the reigning league MVP took his time — at least by his own standard — in breaking it.
After missing his first 3-point attempt with 8:09 remaining in the first quarter Thursday at Amway Center, Curry connected on a 3 from the left wing with 5:45 left in the period. A minute and 19 seconds later, he hit a second one just for good measure.
The first triple gave Curry 128 consecutive games with a 3 — a mark that doesn’t include 21 playoff games during the Warriors‘ championship run last season, each of which included at least two Curry 3-pointers.
Curry finished Thursday’s game with 51 points, going 10 of 15 from behind the arc, including a half-court bank shot that capped a 6-of-7 effort from deep in the third quarter. And and at this point, it’s tough to envision when or how the streak might end.
“I don’t know that the record is that significant because it’s so simple for him,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after his team beat the Magic 130-114 to improve to 52-5 on the season. “A 3-point shot is like a layup. A half-court shot is like a 3-point shot. Steph just — that’s what he does. It’s to the point where we expect everything to go.”
Curry’s last game without a 3-pointer came on Nov. 11, 2014, when he went 0 for 7 from downtown in a 113-100 home loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Following the goose egg, Curry made a 3 in each of the final 73 games in the 2014-15 regular season. He’s now made a 3 in each of the 55 games he’s played this season, as well.
Heading into Thursday, Magic coach Scott Skiles didn’t sound optimistic that his team would be the one to end Curry’s run, admitting that he has “a hard time seeing how the streak is ever going to end,” and afterward, Skiles and his team praised Curry for giving Orlando fits.
“This was Steph’s night,” Skiles said of Curry’s third 50-point game of the season. “He’s a great player. He tricked us so many times where he just runs, he stops, he relaxes, he stands up, he causes you to relax. (If) you don’t have discipline, he’s gone. That happened at least a dozen times, and I’ll probably see almost 20 times when I look at the tape.”
“It’s one thing watching him, and it’s another thing when you’re actually on the court with him playing,” Magic forward Aaron Gordon added. “I think that the rate he makes 3s and how consistently he can do it throughout the entire game is incredible. … It’s unheard of, but he’s going to make the league better. That’s what he’s going to do and that’s what he’s doing right now.”
Despite his recent run of success, Curry actually has 34 games without a made 3 for his career. However since the start of the 2013-14 season, he’s had only three such games — he’s now hit a 3 in 203 of his last 204 appearances — and he’s never taken eight or more 3-point attempts in a game without making at least one.