At this point in the season, NBA teams and fans alike are just waiting for the playoffs to start. Teams are jogging to the finish, trying to make it to the second season without major injury or turmoil of any kind. Fans are tuned out of most games, as teams with nothing to play for expend as little energy as is humanly possible. Needless to say, this time of year doesn’t always produce the most exciting basketball but you never know what’s going to happen in an NBA game. On Saturday night, Ty Lawson went nova. He set a new NBA-record for consecutive three-pointers made, knocking down 10 straight bombs from beyond the arc.
He only missed one shot from long range in the entire game, his final attempt. It was a last-second heave at the very end of the third quarter. Absolutely absurd.
In a single game, the man went from shooting 37% from three-point range this season, the 65th best mark in the league, to 41%, which is the 22nd. In the video below, you can see his confidence growing as he takes each successive shot, culminating in the tenth three-pointer, a straight heat-check from a few feet behind the line. As it drops through the net, the Nuggets play-by-play announcer is practically hyperventilating, the crowd is going insane, and the Minnesota Timberwolves are wondering if they can just take the rest of the season off.
But you know what the craziest thing is about all this? Lawson didn’t even set the Denver franchise record for three-pointers made in a game last night. That honor is still held by J.R. Smith, who torched the Sacramento Kings with 11 long-range bombs in 2009.