Golden State Warriors' Steph Curry became the NBA's career 3-point leader Tuesday to further cement himself as the best long-range shooter in basketball history, and afterward said he hoped to extend the record to the point that it's "untouchable."
According to NBA.com, Curry's 3-pointer in the first quarter of a victory over the New York Knicks gave him 2,974 3-pointers for his career, surpassing a record of 2,973 set by Ray Allen, who himself had broken a record by Reggie Miller (2,560).
Curry, 33, has rewritten the record book as well as the style of the game during his 12-year pro career.
He broke the record in only 789 games, compared to the 1,300 games for Allen and 1,389 games for Miller. His 43.1 3-point shooting percentage ranks higher than that of Allen (40 percent) and Miller (39.5 percent). Further, he also stands atop the NBA record books for made 3-pointers per game (3.8).
Curry also holds the record for the most games with at least nine 3-point goals. Curry has done that 37 times, ESPN reports. James Harden and Damian Lillard, second on the list, have done it nine times.
"This is very special," Curry said after the game on TNT. "I've been thinking about this number for a long time. I even got [the number] on my shoes. In basketball history, this is pretty special."
"Hopefully, I can push it to a point that's untouchable," he said in a postgame news conference.
Allen and Miller attended Tuesday's game in Madison Square Garden, congratulating him when he broke the record and taking photos with him after the game.
"These two legends – I watched them growing up and understood what it meant to shoot the ball because of them and my dad. [It's a] full-circle moment.
"I'm blessed – blessed for sure," Curry said on TNT.
Curry has been outspoken about his Christian faith. He often points heaven-ward after scoring. His Twitter bio reads "believer" and "Philippians 4:13." In 2019, he said in an episode of Facebook's Stephen vs. The Game that he became a Christian at a young age and that he writes a Bible verse, Philippians 4:13, on his shoes.
"It always reminds me of … why I've been blessed with these talents and where I get my strength from and who I'm playing for," he said.
He and his wife, Ayesha, have three children.
Curry told Facebook that he became a Christian in the eighth grade.
"I felt the calling, went down to the altar [and] gave my life to Christ. That became the beginning of my own personal journey," he said. "I think my faith is about the personal relationship more so than the following [of] a certain religious tradition, a religious practice."
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Michael Foust has covered the intersection of faith and news for 20 years. His stories have appeared in Baptist Press, Christianity Today, The Christian Post, the Leaf-Chronicle, the Toronto Star and the Knoxville News-Sentinel.