Indianapolis, IN — —The buzz around the NBA has been around the 33-year-old sharp-shooting guard Stephen Curry breaking Ray Allen’s three point record.
Curry came up a little short of Allen’s 3-point record Monday night. He still walked away with a huge smile.
The All-Star guard made five 3s, scored 26 points and rallied the Golden State Warriors to a 102-100 victory over the Pacers in a near -sellout crowd at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
He was two short of surpassing Allen, he’s likely to do Tuesday night in the “World Famous Arena”, Madison Square Garden. Ray Allen made 2,973 during his 18-year NBA career.
”I’m enjoying the moment, knocking on the doorstep. It’s pretty surreal,” Curry said. ”You just keep playing basketball, taking shots you think you can make and enjoy the experience.”
There were some fans that stuck around to give the two-time MVP and three-time NBA champ a nice sendoff after he finished his postgame interviews.
Curry started off the game a little cold missing his first three from downtown, finished 5 of 15 on 3s – and some were off target badly. He was pressing a bit in the first half. But he eventually settled down and let the game come to him.
Indiana defense made it difficult to set his feet on the perimeter. They ran Curry and his teammates off the 3-point line and for most of the night. The Pacers were led by Domantas Sabonis’ 30 points and 11 boards, just couldn’t to bring it home for Indiana.
”I know he was trying to get the record tonight and in my mind, I wasn’t going to let him do it on our court,” said Malcolm Brogdon, who scored 23 points and eight assists. ”When you slow him down, you expect to win the game. We slowed him down.”
The superstar did enough to seal it for his team.
His final trey got Golden State within 100-98, and on the next possession, he penetrate the lane for the tying layup with 48.5 seconds to go. Then, after getting a defensive stop, Curry had a chance at tying the record but it was off the mark and Kevon Looney broke the tie with a putback.
”The play was set up perfectly, the 3 just didn’t go in and Loon did what Loon does, which is go get the offensive board to give us the lead and eventually the win,” said Draymond Green, who had 15 points and nine rebounds.
Even Warriors coach Steve Kerr mentioned Curry had been trying too hard over the past several games to break the record.
“I’m enjoying the moment, knocking on the doorstep. It’s pretty surreal,” Curry said. “You just keep playing basketball, taking shots you think you can make and enjoy the experience.”
Warriors: Have a five-game trip Tuesday at New York.
Pacers: In Milwaukee on Thursday for their first road game in December.