Days After Leaving Stephen Curry in the Dust, 25yr Old All Star Reacts to Open Challenge from the Warriors Superstar

Published 07/18/2023, 8:30 AM EDT

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Sabrina Ionescu had a record-breaking performance in the 20203 WNBA 3-point Contest. It garnered attention from fans all over the globe. During the contest’s final round, the 25-year-old set a new all-time record in both the NBA and WNBA. Her 37 points in the 40-point format were inevitable to garner attention from the king of three, Stephen Curry. Curry has 2 of the NBA’s 3-Point Contests in his bag (2015 and 2021). In his 2021 victory, Curry achieved his best with 31 points in a single round within the 40-point format. His longest streak in a contest is 13 consecutive shots.

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Now, inspired by Ionescu’s accomplishment, Curry has set a new objective for himself. Having already achieved success in golf, he is eager to settle the score with Ionescu on the basketball court.

Stephen Curry is after Sabrina’s record

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It is not a usual sight to have Curry dethroned of his record. This is probably because the 4-time champion has set some of the most unexpected records in the NBA. Coming from his recent Golf success, it is sure that Curry definitely excels at what he puts his mind to.

In an interview with ESPN, Curry was asked what he would prefer more – winning a golf tournament or a 3-point contest. Curry automatically was reminded of Ionescu’s feat. He responded, “Now, I gotta go after Sabrina’s record.”

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He added, “I’ve got something to shoot for now that she went crazy with the 37 points in their All-Star Weekend. We gotta settle that one for sure.”

As the interview projected a potential match-off against the two elite three-point shooters, Sabrina came quick with her accepting remarks.

Being an avid Steph Curry follower, Sabrina is a fierce competitor herself. A few hours after winning the 3-point title, she challenged Steph to a shootout.

This is exactly what the fans want. Moreover, this is exactly how 3-point champions should operate – always seeking the next challenge. Given their history, everything can be constituted into lighthearted and friendly banter.

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But now that she has broken Curry’s record, their next encounter might come on the hardwood.

Sabrina and Curry’s bond

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Over the past few years, Curry and Ionescu have developed a strong bond. The current WNBA 3-point champion of the New York Liberty considers the two-time NBA MVP as an older brother figure. The Warriors star and Sabrina even had a FaceTime session after Ionescu’s WNBA debut. They analyzed the game footage and discussed areas of improvement in future games.

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Curry has been a significant supporter of Ionescu throughout her college career and journey to becoming the first overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft.

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Stephen Curry currently holds the record for the most three-pointers made in an NBA career. With his exceptional shooting accuracy of 42.7% from beyond the arc last season, Curry continues to add to the number. As for Sabrina, in the 16 games she has played this year, she averages a solid 44.6% on threes. Her three-point shooting has seen a whopping increase of nearly 10% this year. With Curry opting to get a record of his own, will we see another historic performance from the Chef in the 2024 NBA All-Star Games?

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Saahil Dhillan

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Saahil Dhillan is an NBA Writer at Essentially Sports. He has been writing articles and blogs for 5 years now, including those for a sports brand that manufactures knee braces, for a Red Bull athlete in 2019 and for a documentary of an Ultra Running Coach in 2021. There’s plenty Saahil can write about why he likes basketball, having followed the NBA for more than 10 years, but he is most keen on picking out various offense/defense strategies, on/off-court decisions, roster changes in crunch time and other underrated key elements that leave an impact on the scoreboard.
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