Korver Ties Barros for NBA Record 3-Point Streak
By Brian Martin
After missing the last four games with a rib contusion, Kyle Korver returned to the court for the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night with a chance to enter the NBA record books.
And he wasted little time in getting it done.
Just 30 seconds into the opening quarter, Korver took a pass from Jeff Teague on the right wing and pulled up for three on the Hawks' opening possession. As the ball fell through the net, Korver tied the NBA record held by Dana Barros by making a 3-pointer in 89 consecutive games.
Korver finished the night 6-for-9 from 3-point range and scored 23 points to help the Hawks to a 107-97 win over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Highlight Factory in Atlanta. Korver will have a chance to break the record on Friday night as the Hawks host the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But before we look ahead, let's take a look back and compare the run that Korver is currently on to that of Barros from nearly two decades ago. Barros' 3-point streak began on Dec. 23, 1994 and ran until Jan. 10, 1996 -- a span of 383 days. He hit 217 3-pointers over those 89 games, converting at a 44.3% rate. He averaged 19.6 points and 38.9 minutes over that stretch as his teams (Philadelphia in 1994-95 and Boston in 1995-96) posted a combined 29-60 record.
Korver's streak began on Nov. 4, 2012 and is at 395 days and counting. While Korver has played 724 fewer minutes than Barros did during his 89-game streak, he's actually made 16 more threes than Barros did (233-217) and has converted at a higher percentage (46.9%). Korver's Hawks teams in 2012-13 and 2013-14 were also more successful than Barros' teams, posting a 50-39 record over the past 89 games.
Here is a side-by-side comparison of the two streaks.
|Category||Dana Barros||Kyle Korver|
|Dates||Dec 23, 1994 -- Jan 10, 1996||Nov 4, 2012 -- Dec 4, 2013 (and active)|
|3FGM (average)||217 (2.44)||233 (2.61)|
|3FGA (average)||491 (5.52)||497 (5.58)|
|MIN (average)||3,457 (38.84)||2,732 (30.70)|
|PTS (average)||1,740 (19.55)||1,009 (11.38)|
|W-L||29-60 (76ers, Celtics)||50-39 (Hawks)|
Sean Grande, the radio play-by-play voice of the Boston Celtics, posted the following reaction from Barros after Korver tied his NBA record.
Dana Barros reax on Korver tying his record; "It's no fluke, it takes a real shooter to do that 89 straight. I enjoyed it while it lasted."— Sean Grande (@SeanGrandePBP) December 5, 2013