Sep 30, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Mo Williams (25) poses for a photo during media day at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Trail Blazers Break Regular Season Game 3PT% Record

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Dec 6, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) yells out to his teammates from the bench during the fourth quarter of the game against the Utah Jazz at the Moda Center. The Blazers won the game 130-98. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Last night the Portland Trail Blazers set the NBA record for highest 3-point percentage in a regular season game with 20 or more attempts (73.9 percent). That “regular season” is an important distinction, because I’m certain that the first analyst to visit basketball-reference.com forgot to tick the playoffs box before the internet caught hold of the story, widely proclaiming the Trail Blazers’ 3-point performance to be the greatest ever.

In 1996, the New York Knicks shot 77.3 percent from the arc in a first round playoff game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Their onslaught was led by John Starks and Hubert Davis, though even Patrick Ewing got in on the action, sinking his solitary 3-point attempt. They were 17-22.

Also in 1996, the Seattle Supersonics shot 74.1 percent from the arc in a second round playoff game against the Houston Rockets. Their onslaught was led by none other than Nate McMillan, who shot a perfect 5-5 to clinch Seattle’s second game of the series sweep. They were 20-27.

So, the Portland Trail Blazers did set a record, but the lens must be focused to respect history. In fact, they set two. The Trail Blazers’ 17 3-pointers made (on 23 attempts) is a franchise record. Setting both records in the same night is what makes the performance so incredible. They were more than on fire, and they annihilated their opponent (Utah) with brutal efficiency.

Contributing players:

 

Sep 30, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) poses for a photo during media day at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Damian Lillard
Point guard
5-6 from deep
(83.3 percent)
21 points total

 

 

Sep 30, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews (2) poses for a photo during media day at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Wesley Matthews
Shooting guard
4-6 from deep
(66.7 percent)
24 points total

 

 

Sep 30, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum (88) poses for a photo during media day at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Nicolas Batum
Small forward
3-3 from deep
(100.0 percent)
13 points total

 

 

Sep 30, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers forward Dorell Wright (1) poses for a photo during media day at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Dorell Wright
Small forward
2-3 from deep
(66.7 percent)
6 points total

 

 

Sep 30, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers guard Allen Crabbe (23) poses for a photo during media day at the Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Crabbe
Shooting guard
2-2 from deep
(100.0 percent)
8 points total

 

 

Mo Williams
Point guard
1-1 from deep
(100.0 percent)
7 points total

 

 

Each of these players is a part of history, as are the rest of the Trail Blazers by default. It’s especially interesting for rookie Allen Crabbe, who sank the first 3-point attempts of his career in contribution to an NBA record. He made better use of garbage time than Will Barton did, who shot 0-2 from the arc, dropping Portland’s 3-point percentage from an otherworldly 81.0 percent.

While by no means sustainable, this stunning individual performance reflects the Trail Blazers’ new identity. They are designed around the 3-point shot, and are one of the best offensive teams in the NBA. When people talk about what kind of team the 2013-2014 Trail Blazers were, they will point to this game as the shining example of their dominion.

Portland scored 130 points in regulation to defeat Utah, 130-98.

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