Steph Curry takes aim at two 3-point records in Warriors’ next game

SAN FRANCISCO — The Warriors’ locker room is hardly abreast of milestone murmurs. Steph Curry, though, knows what’s possible Wednesday, what everyone else knows is inevitable soon enough.

“Anything is possible,” Curry said, slyly, after draining seven more 3-pointers, raising his career total to 2,958, within striking distance — or at least sniffing distance — of Ray Allen’s all-time record. “What is it, 15?”

He’s right. It’s hard to ignore with the countdown flashing on the scoreboard after every triple.

The number to beat Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers — the league’s worst defense so far this season — holds additional significance, though it also means Curry’s last chance to eclipse the record in front of a home crowd is all the more unlikely. He could snatch the all-time 3-point record from Allen and the single-game mark from Klay Thompson on the same night.

To accomplish the former before the Warriors hit the road for five games, all but guaranteeing Curry would reach the mark away from home, he’d have to do the latter. Thompson set the record for 3-pointers in a single game with 14 against the Chicago Bulls Oct. 29, 2018; Curry is 15 away from Allen’s record, 16 from grabbing sole possession atop the leaderboard.

“That’s funny, because I know what that means with Klay’s record and all that, too,” Curry said. “So, we will see.”

The last time the Blazers came to Chase Center, on Nov. 26, Curry made six 3-pointers and scored 32 points in a comfortable win. Portland’s prior visit, nearly a year ago now, yielded Curry’s career high in points as he poured in 62 — including 24 points on eight 3s.

Just last season, after connecting on 11 triples against the Thunder, Curry said he thought Thompson’s record was “gettable.” In both instances, he said, the outcome was such a rout that the hot shooter didn’t play in the fourth quarter.

Remember, before Thompson’s prolific night, Curry was the single-game record holder with 13 in a November 2016 game against New Orleans, which broke the record — 12 — that he previously held with Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall. How about 11? He’s done that 10 times, including four times last season.

Curry’s comment on recapturing the record from Thompson came in the midst of a hot streak in the second half of last season that helped Curry clinch the scoring title at 32 points per game. He’s down to a scoring average of 27.7 this season, but he’s taking (13.2) and making (5.5) the most 3-pointers of his career while maintaining his career average of 6.5 assists per game.

“He’s got the greatest combination of humility and arrogance I’ve ever seen. It’s a beautiful, perfect combination for a star athlete,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “The arrogance of knowing he’s the best player on the floor and the humility that makes everyone around him be on his team. It’s a wonderful combination.”

That’s the same kind of mindset that — along with his unique form — drew Curry to shooting comfortably from far beyond the three-point line, allowing for more open looks and eventually changing the geography of the game on the hardwood.

Damian Lillard, the Oakland native and Wednesday night’s opposing point guard with the Portland Trailblazers, has similarly embraced the super-long ball to a remarkable degree. He’s often been cast in comparison with Curry as a loyal leader and offensive dynamo.

Recently, he’s drawn the best out of Curry. The last time Lillard and the Blazers came to Chase Center, on Nov. 26, Curry made six 3-pointers and scored 32 points in a comfortable win. Portland’s prior visit, nearly a year ago now, yielded Curry’s career-high in points as he poured in 62 — including 24 points on eight 3s.

Curry admitted it’s hard to ignore the record but said he’s not actively counting down, either. As the milestone draws closer, teammates say it’s not a topic of discussion.

“He hits a lot of 3s every game, so we see the little number counter on the screen,” said Kevon Looney. “It’s not really something we’ve talked about yet, but when it gets to that game where it happens, I think it’s going to be a special game, something we talk about.”

Added Juan Toscano-Anderson: “He never talks about himself. He never makes any situation about himself. … He is the epitome of a great leader. He’s not phased by the highs or the lows. He’s positive but he’s never too excited.”

It would take the greatest performance of all by a generational showman for the record to fall Wednesday.

Get your tickets now, Looney says.

“I always tell people, going to see Steph is the best show on earth right now,” Looney said. “He’s an entertainer when he’s out there. He has complete command of the team and of the crowd when he gets them going. … he’s taken us on a crazy ride being his teammates, so I’m excited for him and just excited to be a part of it.”

As for when Curry reaches the record, the big man did offer one prediction.

“It’s probably going to be Draymond getting the assist,” he said.

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