Wayne Ellington becomes Heat’s record holder for most 3-pointers in a season
The Miami Heat were hoping to end the 2017-18 NBA season on a high note on Wednesday night against the East-leading Toronto Raptors. Needless to say, they managed to deliver with an overtime thriller.
At the forefront of their victory was shooting guard Wayne Ellington. Not only did he finish the game with a career-high 32 points, but he broke Miami’s single-season record for made 3-pointers, via NBA Twitter:
— NBA (@NBA) April 12, 2018
Ellington discussed how grateful he was for accomplishing this impressive feat.
“The belief that the coaches have in me, I’m just so appreciative to be able to get that record,” Ellington said. “Obviously, in this great organization, to be at the top of the list in any statistical category is an unbelievable accomplishment. I’m just grateful, humbled and appreciative.”
Ellington went into the matchup needing to hit at least seven 3-pointers in order to surpass the mark left by Damon Jones in the 2005-05 NBA season. He managed to put the stamp on his tremendous accomplishment by going 8-of-12 from deep.
The 116-109 victory over the Raptors was just what the Heat needed to find their groove after dropping the previous two games. Miami has now secured the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs and will be squaring off against the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round.
Miami will undoubtedly need Ellington’s sharpshooting if they are to emerge as a potential darkhorse candidate in the East. The Heat have now finished the season 20-8 when he makes four or more 3-pointers. Although it would be a stretch to say that their success relies heavily on his shooting, it will be among the notable factors that must be taken into consideration when the series starts.