On Sunday, Jason Terry made two 3-pointers in the Boston Celtics loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder to give him 100 in the 2012-13 season. He became the fourth player in NBA history to hit triple digits in 3-pointers made in 13 different seasons.
Terry joined the exclusive company of Ray Allen (16 different seasons), Reggie Miller (15) and Paul Pierce (13). In addition, all four of those 3-point shooters are among the top six in 3-pointers made all-time.
Interestingly, the 3-point shot has been in existence since only 1979-80. Therefore, we are now seeing the height of the outside shot. Statistically, a lot of successful teams have performed well from 3-point range.
The Celtics have made 10 or more 3-pointers in four of their last eight games. This is the first time that they have had made at least 10 shots from beyond the arc four times in an eight-game stretch since 2009. The Celtics did not even have one game in which they made double-digit 3-pointers in their first 45 games this season.
Overall, the Celtics have succeeded when shooting well from downtown. They are 6-0 when making at least 10 shots from deep this season. If the Celtics want to go far in the playoffs in 2012-13, they will have to live (and die) by the 3-pointer.