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Golden State star closing in on shooting record

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Golden State Warriors shooting superstar Stephen Curry is on the cusp of breaking Ray Allen's historic three-point record.

Curry is two shots away from topping Allen's single-season mark of 269 three-pointers. 

The Warriors point guard is widely regarded as one of the best pure shooters in the NBA, and he's expected to break the record in the team's final game of the season against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

Curry's teammate Jarrett Jack told ESPN: "He should be done with that by the end of the first quarter."

Curry, who was drafted out of Davidson with the seventh pick of the 2009 NBA draft, is shooting 45.5 per cent from beyond the arc - the third best percentage in the league behind Jose Calderon and Kyle Korver.

But Curry's attempted at least 150 more three-point shots than either Korver or Calderon, and averaged almost 3.5 threes per game.

Warriors coach Mark Jackson said: "I don't know who second place is for the best shooter in the world. But he certainly has first place tied up."

Off the back of Curry's sensational shooting, Golden State (46-35) have made the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

They can wrap up the sixth seed in the Western Conference with a victory over the Trail Blazers, and while the win is all important, Curry couldn't help but admit before the game that the Ray Allen record is on his mind.

"You just hope it happens," said Curry. "Obviously, I know about it. You just try to play your game, and obviously shooting the ball is a part of it. I'm not going to force it. But it'd be nice to do it."

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