Steph Curry is now the second-most prolific 3-point shooter in NBA history.
The Golden State Warriors star knocked down five 3-pointers Saturday night, passing Hall of Famer Reggie Miller for second place in league history. Curry finished the game with 2,562 career 3s, trailing only Hall of Famer Ray Allen (2,973) on the all-time list.
"It's special," Curry said. "I was trying to enjoy it in the middle of the game because I knew it was on the horizon and I knew how much I looked up to him growing up, watching him play, playing against my dad."
Needing three 3s to tie Miller coming into the game, Curry got there quickly and matched the former Indiana Pacers great at 2,560 late in the second quarter. After tying Miller, Curry threw up three fingers on his right hand and one on his left in tribute to Miller's No. 31.
Steph Curry ties Reggie Miller for second place in career 3-pointers and pays tribute by throwing up Miller’s No. 31! 👌
Curry then moved past Miller early in the third quarter with a 3 from the right corner off a feed from Draymond Green. Curry showed off his signature ability to move without the ball on the milestone 3. He drove the lane, kicked it out to Green and quickly relocated to the corner for the return pass.
Steph Curry passes Reggie Miller for second place in career 3-pointers with his 2,561st! 👌👏
Miller later surprised Curry by appearing on the postgame video conference to congratulate him.
"You are an inspiration to so many little ones, like mine," said Miller, whose son sat with him on the call while wearing a Curry jersey. "And I'm just so proud of all the work because I know what goes into that. I know the countless hours when it's easy to go hang with your boys, hit the club, sleep, do other things, but you're in the lab getting your work done."
“You are an inspiration to so many little ones like mine.”
Reggie Miller surprised Steph during his postgame press conference to congratulate him on a historic achievement. 💙 pic.twitter.com/qtXXXu17qT
Thanks to the proliferation of 3-point shooting that he has spearheaded, it's only a matter of time before Curry passes Allen for first place on the all-time list. At his current career rate of 3.6 made 3s per game, Curry will likely set a new mark in the second half of next season.
Steph Curry paid tribute to Reggie Miller by throwing up Miller's No. 31. (Photo: Rick Bowmer, AP)
Curry scored a game-high 24 points Saturday on 9-of-18 shooting from the field and 5-of-10 from long range. His milestone was the lone bright spot on the night for the Warriors, who fell behind by 30 at halftime and trailed by as many as 40 in a 127-108 loss to the Utah Jazz.
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