MIAMI (AP) — It’s official: In the NBA, this was the year of the 3-pointer.
The NBA has set a record for 3-pointers made for the seventh consecutive year, after the 25,808th of the season was made Saturday night. The league is on pace for about an 8 percent rise in 3-pointers over last season – and 3s are getting made a staggering 57 percent more often than what was the case just five years ago.
The league record for total 3-pointers attempted was broken earlier this month, with 72,354 getting hoisted entering Saturday.
The Houston Rockets lead the league with the most threes attempted at 3,453 (James Harden has 952 of those). The Rockets are followed by the Bucks (2,890) and the Atlanta Hawks (2,778). The league as a whole is shooting 35.5 percent from three.
The first season where the NBA combined to make 15,000 3-pointers was 2009-10. The 20,000 plateau was broken just three seasons ago, and this season’s total is on pace to end up just shy of 28,000.