Dissecting Stephen Curry's run to his latest NBA record

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Steph Curry dropped 10 three-pointers against the Orlando Magic last night - one shy of his career best - to make the consecutive three-point games record his own in unanimous fashion.

The reigning MVP has come a long way in the last three years. He's gone from a promising point guard with a hot handle who had never seen the postseason, to the face of the entire organisation.

It's quite a meteoric rise in that context. The Golden State Warriors stalwart has a litany of achievements he has collected over the past three years, including setting the record for three-pointers made in a regular season with 272.

He then broke that same record last season by dropping 286 en-route to winning an NBA title, the Warriors first in 30 years.

In the 2013-14 campaign, Curry and 'Splash Brother' Klay Thompson set a record for combined three-pointers in a season when the formidable backcourt duo racked up 484 makes from behind the arc.

And now, last night in the Amway Arena, the 27-year-old added yet more weight to his point scoring legacy when he broke Kyle Korver's feat for consecutive outings with a three.

Now in Curry's name, that record stands at 128. Judging by the Warriors form this season and the ridiculous production Curry is churning out, it's fair to say that record is 128 and counting.

Over those last three record-setting campaigns, Curry earned all of his three All-Star appearances, too. The last time the Warriors number 30 failed to find net from the perimeter was against the San Antonio Spurs on November 11, 2014.

Ironically, the Spurs are the Warriors' closest rivals for another NBA title. The Texas franchise has the second-best record in the league - behind Dub Nation - and a Western Conference finals showdown is almost certainly brewing.

However, Ohio-born Curry has proved the Spurs are not immune to his powers in their subsequent battles.

The former Davidson college star has dropped 14 three-point bombs on the Spurs since that fruitless night, including six in their last encounter on January 25 where Defensive Player of the Year, Kawhi Leonard, was comfortably overshadowed by Curry's 37-point game.

And it's not just the guard's consistency to bury the threes that is so impressive, but the jaw-dropping volume he manages to record time and time again.

Most recently, the seven-year NBA veteran put up 11 three-pointers against the Washington Wizards to tally 51 points overall - on the road.

That equalled the career-best the 6'3" backcourt sensation set against the New York Knicks back in 2013. But the Warriors point also prolifically dialled in from long range against Toronto (9), Phoenix (9) and Dallas (10) during his historic run to Korver's record.

To drain those shots during blow-out wins that the Warriors have become somewhat accustomed to is one thing, but dropping them when it matters lets you know that Curry really is the real deal.

Take last year's playoffs for example; he was the dependable hand that steered the Warriors in the clutch against the New Orleans Pelicans and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The shooting pedigree of the seventh pick in the 2009 draft has never been in question. His future in Golden State, on the other hand, definitely was.

Ahead of the 2009 draft, there was a myriad of factors working against Curry's arrival to the Oracle Arena. For one, the Minnesota Timberwolves had the fifth and sixth picks ahead of Golden State and it seemed unlikely they would pass on such a laser-like college sharp-shooter.

But, they did. They opted for Ricky Rubio - second for steals and fifth for assists in the league today - and more surprisingly, Jonny Flynn, who only lasted three years in the NBA.

Originally, Curry's preferred destination was to the Knicks, who had the eighth pick. All draft projections suggested Curry might fall to the Knicks and the Warriors would grab Jordan Hill if the 2015 MVP wasn't available by their turn.

When the Timberwolves snapped up Flynn, that started a domino effect resulting in Curry to the Warriors and Hill to the Knicks.

Another factor was the persistence of then-Phoenix Suns executive, now Golden State Warriors head coach, Steve Kerr, who had irrepressible belief in the young scorer.

Kerr had been lobbying to move Suns center Amare Stoudemire - then a four-time All-Star at 26-years-old - for the pick that secured Curry and a couple of other veterans. But, the Warriors didn't bite. They knew what they had, and so did Kerr.

As they say, the rest is history. Record breaking history, for that matter.

It could have been very different for Curry, the Warriors and indeed Korver's record. And yet, starting with Kerr's vigorous pursuit of his now main man, it seems like a perfect storm has conspired for the ground-breaking triumphs the league's leading scorer (30.0 points a night) continues to accomplish.

Today, Kerr is the coach facilitating what many believe to be the best player in the world. Curry's arsenal has changed the landscape of the NBA and the days of the low-post are receding in the face of the three-point onslaught.

Steph Curry is the pioneer behind the game's offensive shift, and he looks a long way from finished.

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