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After 3,000 3-pointers, Steph not putting limit on final total

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Steph Curry didn't break Ray Allen's all-time 3-point record at home, and he had a chance to reach 3,000 career threes on the road as well. But he came up one shy in the Warriors' impressive Christmas Day win over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday.

That meant Curry came home with a chance to reach the milestone in front of Dub Nation against the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Chase Center.

Even for the all-time 3-point king, needing just one long-distance shot, the pressure was on.

Much like the Warriors in their 89-86 loss to the Nuggets, Curry started extremely slow, missing his first seven 3-point attempts. Then, with time running down in the third quarter, Steph finally drained No. 3,000.

Curry acknowledged after the loss that he was well-aware that his first 3-pointer of the game was going to be significant.

"I knew it," Curry said in response to a question by NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke. "I wasn't trying to think about it. And it was more so the way the game was going ... it was cool to reach that milestone. It's a pretty awesome accomplishment in terms of something that hadn't been done in NBA history.

"It's kind of a weird thought to think that for the rest of my career, for the most part I'm pretty sure, every 3-pointer I make will be a new record. I'm just going to enjoy it. I don't know what's next, something like 3,333? Got to start coming up with stuff. See y'all next year for that one, probably."

 

Curry went on a fourth-quarter flurry that included four 3-pointers. It wasn't enough as the Warriors' comeback attempt from 24 points down fell short. He now has 3,004 in his career and leads the league with 172 makes this season in 32 games played.

Curry has a chance to approach 400 3-pointers in a season for the second time in his career, and with his 34th birthday still three months away, he has several All-Star level seasons left in his career.

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Does Curry have a final number in mind for made 3-pointers when his career is said and done?

"Nah, same thing when I hit 400 in a season," Curry said. "You don't really put limits on what can happen. Just hoop and enjoy yourself and see what happens when it's all said and done."

Barring injury, Curry should easily eclipse 4,000 career 3-pointers and has a chance at 4,500 if everything goes right. While the game of basketball has changed and players are shooting more 3-pointers now, it's hard to see any current or future NBA players reaching Curry's final number.

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