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Post Five years ago Stephen Curry's 54-point game helped redefine
Whatever debate once existed has long since been put to rest: the NBA is a three-point league. Teams are hoisting them at a higher rate than ever before – 28.9 attempts per game, at the latest tally. If the season’s trends hold, the Houston Rockets will become the Aaron Burbridge Jersey first team in history to take more threes than twos, but they surely will not be the last. Everywhere you look are players willing to hoist it, with the analytics to back them up.ImageIf you were trying to pinpoint the start of this spacious, audacious, and wildly entertaining era of professional basketball, you could do worse than 27 February 2013. In a contest that evening between the Golden State Warriors and the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden, the Warriors’ 24-year-old point guard, Stephen Curry, hit 11 of 13 shots from behind the arc en route to a 54-point performance. Statistically, the game wasn’t really all that different from the half-dozen or so similar outbursts that crop up every season, when a gifted player becomes unstoppable for a couple hours, and it didn’t end up perfectly, with the Warriors losing by four. But to revisit it now, five years later, is to see something singular: a statement of purpose for a different sport.Doris Burke, who announced the game that evening for ESPN, remembers it as a kind of crescendo, one Curry was happy to bask in. “That was the first night going back to his time with Davidson, where I covered him a couple of times, where Steph had his own sort of visceral reaction to his performance,” Burke told me. “When he really started to cook, he started to do a little bit of shimmying and literally, physically reacting and feeling his own performance, like he knew something special was happening.” Still, Burke says, there was no expectation that this would become the norm for a player who had yet to make an All-Star team: “Not in a million years did I anticipate he would reach the level he has and sustain it for this long.” Burke was far from alone in her opinion. It wasn’t just that Curry had a slight frame and a history of ankle injuries; it was that no superstar had ever built his game on the type of shots Curry was making.With the benefit of hindsight, though, what is most notable is how routine the outing does seem, now. Everything we’ve come to expect from Curry was there that night: the inside-out dribbles, the tick-ticking sneakers (Nikes, Authentic Patrick Sharp Jersey since at that point he had not yet signed My Wishlist Womens Jersey on to endorse Under Armour), the astonishingly quick, skip-a-frame release of his jump shot. He flitted to either side of screens; he made defenders turn circles and run into one another; he launched from anywhere. In retrospect, he looks less like a kid catching fire than like someone starting to realize just what he can do.

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