As Steph Curry was approaching Ray Allen's NBA record for career 3-pointers last week, he batted away a question during a press conference, telling reporters he didn't want to get emotional.
The Warriors' star wasn't kidding.
Curry finally surpassed Allen with his 2,974th career 3-pointer in the first quarter of the Warriors' game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday night, and all the emotions came flooding out of him.
Over four minutes into the game, Curry made his second 3-pointer of the game, and he let out a primal scream. The weight of the world had been on his shoulders for a week as he closed in on NBA history, and it looked like all the pressure left him in this moment.
Then the game came to a halt so that Curry could go acknowledge a few very important people.
When the game stopped, Curry gave Draymond Green a long embrace before dapping up the rest of his teammates and coaches.
Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave the game ball to Curry, who then went to give it to his dad, Dell, who was sitting courtside.
Allen made his way from Florida to New York to be there to see Curry break the record, so naturally the two sharpshooters shared an moment following the feat.
Kerr subbed Curry out of the game midway through the first quarter and instead of immediately sitting on the bench, Curry walked behind it and hugged his mom Sonya.
The stoppage lasted several minutes and at the end, Curry sat down on the bench and wiped tears away from his eyes.
There's no one who knows what Allen and former record holder Reggie Miller mean to the game of basketball. This feat means everything to Curry, and there will be many more emotional moments after the game as gravity of what he accomplished sets in and he has a chance to really enjoy it.