Steph Curry thought he had passed Jason Terry on the all-time 3-point list in the Warriors' previous game against the Knicks. He didn't.
But the two-time MVP did so on Friday night against the Bulls. His third 3-pointer at 9:59 in the third quarter pushed him ahead of "The Jet" and put him behind only Reggie Miller and Ray Allen.
After the Warriors' 146-109 win over the Bulls, Curry was asked about what it means to be sitting behind those two Hall of Fame sharpshooters.
"It's a special accomplishment in terms of, two guys that I know are trendsetters and stretching the imagination of the 3-point game," Curry told the media at Oracle Arena. "Doing it for many, many years and people that I looked up to as a young kid playing the game."
Curry grew up in NBA arenas, following his father Dell Curry around. He was lucky enough to be in the building to watch Miller and Allen play in their primes. So to be this close to two legends he watched growing up has to be special.
"To look up on the list, obviously, I want to catch them and put together many more years at this pace," Curry said. "But just knowing those two guys are right in front of me, it's a special moment for sure because I respect the game, i respect what guys have done before, and those were two guys I looked up to."
Curry now has 2,285 career 3-pointers. He's just 275 3-pointers behind Miller and 688 behind Allen.
"I appreciate them and the longevity part of what they both did is something I respect tremendously," Curry said.
Curry's Splash Brother teammate Klay Thompson is a bit behind Curry on the list, but he's coming up quickly. Curry was asked if he and Thompson could end up No. 1 and 2 on the all-time list when their careers are done.
"I wouldn't be surprised," Curry said. "It's kind of trending in that direction with what we've been able to do together, so I think we both appreciate the longevity of what that all-time list looks like and we are working as hard as ever to continue to be efficient, shoot the ball at the high level, so that's something to shoot for."
Curry walked off the court Friday night with the game ball tucked under his arm. Asked what he plans to do with the ball, Curry offered a pretty cool answer.
"I'm going to try to send it Reggie and Ray to get them to sign it for me," Curry said. "That's the goal."