Spurs shoot best 3-point percentage in NBA history by team with at least 15 attempts
Russell Westbrook wasn’t the only one making history on Thursday night, as the San Antonio Spurs did much more than walk away with a 154-147 double-overtime win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Spurs also managed to record the best 3-point shooting percentage in NBA history by a team attempting at least 15 shots beyond the arc, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
San Antonio’s blistering 16-of-19 from downtown had them at an eye-popping 84.2 percent — one good enough to pass off as a team free-throw percentage.
What is most impressive, perhaps, is that the Spurs canned their first 14 3-pointers of the game, making that the most consecutive made triples to start a game by any team over the last 20 seasons:
Spurs hit 14 straight threes against the Thunder 🔥 pic.twitter.com/CCQ3QT2DYH
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Surprisingly enough, this is coming from a team whose coach detests the 3-point shot in Gregg Popovich and has played a more ’90s-like brand of basketball throughout his long coaching career in the league.
Yet it is the Spurs who lead the NBA in 3-point shooting at a sparkling 40.5 percent through the first half of the season — taking the fewest long-range attempts in the league, but doing so very effectively.
Besides a career-high 56-point outing from LaMarcus Aldridge, the Spurs will take a huge hard-fought win against one of the West’s top teams, as they start turning the corner and molding into playoff shape after playing with a mostly rebuilt roster following an unforeseen offseason.