By Cliff Mehrtens
Former Davidson basketball star Stephen Curry on Wednesday set the NBA record for 3-pointers in a season with his 270th in the second quarter of the Golden State Warriors’ 99-88 road victory against the Portland Trailblazers.
Curry added two more 3-pointers to finish with four in the game and 272 for the season.
He broke Ray Allen’s mark of 269 set in the 2005-06 season.
Golden State’s bench jumped to cheer following the record-breaking shot, and a group of Warriors fans behind the team's bench at the Rose Garden gave Curry an extended standing ovation.
Curry, 25, in 2008 led Davidson to its first NCAA tournament victories since 1969. He did it in dizzying, dazzling fashion – 40 points (including eight 3-pointers) in a win against Gonzaga; 30 points in a win against Georgetown; 33 points in a win against Wisconsin, with NBA star LeBron James in attendance; and 25 points in the tournament-ending loss to Kansas.
Curry led the nation in scoring as a junior (28.6 scoring average), and left as the school’s career scoring leader (2,488 points).
The Warriors drafted Curry seventh overall in 2009. After a sensational rookie season, Curry was hit by injuries, spending the past two summers recovering from surgery on his right ankle.
He has been at his best this season in big games. He scored a career-high 54 points in a loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Feb. 27. He also had 47 points in a loss at the Los Angeles Lakers last Friday.