Wednesday February 25 2009 – 8:01pm Mountain (Phoenix, AZ)

The following was released by the Toronto Raptors PR staff earlier today … and I thought ya’ll would be interested in it:

With Jose Calderon’s three-pointer at the 7:56 mark of the first quarter February 24, 2009 versus Minnesota, the Toronto Raptors’ streak of consecutive games with at least one made three-point field goal reached the 10-year mark. The streak began when Vince Carter recorded the first triple at the 7:43 mark during the first quarter February 26, 1999 versus Minnesota. A decade later, the streak continues to grow – 837 consecutive games and counting. Toronto’s next game is Friday at Phoenix.

Several records have been set by the Raptors during the span of the streak. Morris Peterson connected on a three-pointer during the first quarter March 12, 2005 against Indiana to extend the streak to 595 consecutive games, surpassing the previous record of 594 set by Miami in 2001. Toronto also made an NBA record 21 three-pointers during a game March 13, 2005 versus Philadelphia. The record finally fell earlier this season when Orlando made 22. Also, the Raptors have made a three-pointer in every game played at Air Canada Centre since the building opened February 21, 1999.

The streak has not been without a few close calls. On 24 occasions the Raptors have finished a game with one three-pointer, including a game at Cleveland (February 3, 2009) this season. Some memorable close calls include Jason Kapono’s three-pointer with 3:42 remaining in the fourth November 18, 2008 at Orlando and Darrick Martin’s rainbow three November 29, 2006 with 0.5 seconds left in a game at Dallas.

(*Through Feb. 24, 2009)

837 – Toronto (1999 – present)
830 – Dallas (1999 – present)
660 – Sacramento (through November 28, 2008)
594 – Miami (through November 8, 2001)
549 – Boston (through December 19, 2005)


PLAYER              3FG – 3FGA – PCT.

Peterson, Morris – 801 – 2158 - .371
Carter, Vince – 551 – 1432 - .384
Parker, Anthony - 317 - 741 - .427
Bargnani, Andrea – 273 - 742 - .367
Marshall, Donyell – 271 - 661 - .410
Curry, Dell – 202 - 518 - .390
Williams, Alvin - 198 - 528 - .375
Alston, Rafer - 190 - 519 - .366
Rose, Jalen - 185 - 537 - .345
Brown, Dee - 182 - 485 - .375
Calderon, Jose - 171 - 442 - .386
James, Mike - 169 - 382 - .442
Bonner, Matt - 141 - 335 - .421
Christie, Doug – 139 - 401 - .360
Kapono, Jason – 126 - 278 - .453
Delfino, Carlos - 120 - 314 - .382
Lenard, Voshon – 92 - 252 - .365
Moon, Jamario – 78 - 232 - .336
Garbajosa, Jorge – 72 - 209 - .344
Villanueva, Charlie – 70 - 214 - .327
Murray, Tracy – 69 - 184 - .375
Murray, Lamond – 67 - 165 - .406
Jackson, Mark – 57 - 165 - .345
Childs, Chris - 45 - 162 - .278
Dixon, Juan – 44 - 122 - .361
Graham, Joey – 43 - 134 - .320
Bosh, Chris – 39 - 128 - .304
Ford, TJ – 36 - 120 - .300
Hunter, Lindsey – 34 - 107 - .318
Jones, Fred – 32 - 101 - .317
Martin, Darrick – 31 - 93 - .333
Oakley, Charles – 26 - 95 - .273
McGrady, Tracy – 26 - 95 - .273
Jeffries, Chris – 19 - 57 - .333
Bogues, Muggsy – 17 - 52 - .327
Williams, Eric – 16 - 51 - .314
Solomon, Will – 15 - 57 - .263
Mason Jr., Roger – 12 - 33 - .364
Ukic, Roko – 10 - 46 - .217
Palacio, Milt – 6 – 38 - .158
Jackson, Luke – 4 - 13 - .308
Glover, Dion – 4 - 14 - .286
Curry, Michael – 3 - 15 - .200
Workman, Haywoode – 3 – 14 - .214
Barrett, Andre – 2 - 13 - .154
Jackson, Jermaine – 2 - 11 - .182
Slokar, Uros – 1 - 2 - .500
Long, Art – 1 - 2 - .500
Banks, Marcus – 1 – 3 - .333
Araujo, Rafael – 1 – 4 - .250
Dial, Derrick – 1 – 4 - .250
Foster, Greg – 1 - 4 – .250
Nesterovic, Rasho – 1 - 4 - .250
Willis, Kevin – 1 - 5 - .200
Williams, Jerome – 1 - 8 - .125
Bradley, Michael – 1 - 8 - .125

E. Smith

25 Responses to “A Decade Of 3′s”
  1. 1.

    I remember Darrick Martin’s three clearly. Everyone watching the game knew the streak was on the line and everyone just wanted Martin to throw it up. He held it for the longest time, looking like he was just going to dribble out the clock, only to heave it up with less than a second in the game. Good times.

    - GHF
  2. 2.

    Lets talk about blocked shots.
    Lets talk about shutting down the other team.
    Lets talk about points in the paint.
    Lets talk about steals.
    Fixation on threes under Sam Mitchell was one of the things that ruined this team.
    When Andrea gave up the three fixation he found himself.

    - Miles
  3. 3.

    Released by the Toronto Raptors PR staff???????

    Oy vey!

    You have got to be kidding me.

    This is so sad.

    Don’t ya think the Raptors’ PR staff would be better served organizing a desperate plea to retain it’s season seat holders?

    My gut tells me that promoting the fact that Michael Bradley was 1 for 8 from 3 is not exactly evidence of an organization that prides itself on it’s winning culture.

    So sad.

    - brento
  4. 4.

    Man, you guys take things way too seriously.

    Who cares if the PR staff put something together about 3-balls.

    This has nothing to do with this season and the disappointment that this year has been. This has to do with a team not missing a 3-pointer in 10 freakin’ years! That’s an unreal achievement that, yes, in the end ‘means’ nothing … but it’s still a crazy stat.

    Ya’ll need to chill just a bit.

    - E. Smith
  5. 5.

    Who would you take to keep this record to themselves, Toronto or Dallas. Roko please step inside the line.

    - Rob from brantford
  6. 6.

    Relax people!
    All in all it may mean “nothing” to this season or the teams standing right now….but over 800 games without missing a 3-ball??? Over 10 Years?? Cmon now that is bloody incredible!

    - Andrea
  7. 7.

    Yes Eric! Glad to read this.

    Just out of curiosity, in his Raptors career, does Jamario Moon have more 3pt attempts than free throw attempts?


    - Jon
  8. 8.

    Guys, it’s an off game day, relax. What else do you want to talk about; the Phoenix weather?

    I’d sooner see them make one every game for 10 years than not get one every other game for any period.

    It’s called trivia…..

    3 nasty games coming up and they need 2/3 or a sweep or it’s lights out.

    - Gary
  9. 9.

    Quick check of Moon’s career stats on his Bio … pretty easy …

    81 for 237 – 3PT
    120 for 152 – FT

    - E. Smith
  10. 10.

    The streak is impressive but it also speaks to a decade of this team that have lived and at times died by the 3 ball. I will be honest despite the fact this streak is impressive I find it as an annoying reminder of how many players have turned into 3 point shooters and not driven the ball to the hoop when it was needed.

    - James Borbath
  11. 11.

    Araujo made a 3? Seriously dig up the video of that…I Don’t believe it. Sorry for the double post but I missed that in the first go round.

    - James Borbath
  12. 12.

    It seems Toronto Raptors fans are more serious than you had bargained, Eric. And…trust me…that’s a very good thing.

    It’s so interesting to see the defensive nature of some of the guys on this blog (including Eric, of course) and how they have responded to yesterday’s press release.

    The fact remains that this team, in particular it’s management team, has operated like a minor league sports organization for many, many years. Shoddy performances, very poor communication with the team’s fans, so many broken promises (ie. BC’s quote “this is the best team I have had in the 3 years I have been here”, etc etc etc.

    And, finally, the fans have had enough.

    So, if you isolate this PR release, perhaps it should be viewed as an aside, just a tidbit of trivia for information starved fans.

    However, a deeper look suggests that fans are no longer willing to deal with the amateur nature of this organization. That we no longer care about trivia…we are tired of this mess, and are demanding change.

    Eric, the fact is that this “incident” can no longer be isolated. Too many negative things have piled up, and fans are feeling alienated by management, and no longer willing to be patronized by such statistical uselessness.

    If the team had demonstrated a history of winning, this would have been a great time to release the statistic.

    But, now? Not a good idea.

    - brento
  13. 13.

    Raps and Leafs are on rolls..
    Playoffs are not out of the question .
    We are running more .. combined with our good shooting, we may surprise the BB world .

    - Chas Calz
  14. 14.

    I can’t even begin to explain how ridiculous I think it is that a press release abouta decade-long record has caused such venom from some.

    Yoga. Tai Chi. Green Tea. Breathing techniques. Some of you should try it … relax a bit.

    - E. Smith
  15. 15.

    Mmmm, I love green tea :)

    Anyway, getting away from the apparently contraversial topic at hand, do you any update on Joey’s hammy?

    Enjoy the Phoenix weather Eric!

    - Patrick
  16. 16.


    People are pissed because it is frustrating. Fans cheer the threes as we lose the war. We do not develop our players games.

    When we got Andrea we needed a center. Instead he became a three shooter. Andrea could be the best passer center in the league which could open up the court for all his other talents and his team mates but he is not used.

    Bosh had one of the best moved to the rim in basketball. He would spin around the defender and dunk. That move has disappeared. He is not a jumpshot shooter.

    TJ Ford was a highly skilled passer but became a ball hog because he was allowed to.

    Jose Calderon maybe the best shooter in the league but we will never know because he like to take high percentage safe passes. If he shot more maybe it would open up the court.

    - Miles
  17. 17.

    I meant Bosh is only a jumpshot shooter now which would be fine if the rest of the team were monsters.

    - Miles
  18. 18.

    I don’t think that yoga is going to help brento.

    “Shoddy performances, very poor communication with the team’s fans, so many broken promises.”

    What is this, ‘The Young and the Restless’.

    - Michel G
  19. 19.

    wow…so apparently the PR staff isn’t excluded for those who feel they need to voice their displeasure with what the team has done on the court…

    a 15 yr old franchise is trying to build a history for itself, and all you guys can do is poo all over it and discuss the negatives of this achievement…looks like losing just brings out the leafs fan in everyone in TO…

    i was hoping to scroll through and read some memories of big time 3balls during the streak or something like that, and i there was to read was abject negativity…man i feel bad for some of you, if this is how seriously you take the lighter things in pro sports…

    - Jay B
  20. 20.

    LOL good one Eric – Hopefully another decade will pass too!! Way to go team. Some of us fans need to learn how to take things in stride! LOL

    - Lanny from Whitby
  21. 21.

    I don’t agree with everything Brento writes, however, he (us) as raptor fans are BITTER, and we will voice our displeasure with this team…although at times our anger is misplaced (whether it’s directed at the coach, gm, players, broadcasters, Eric, the mascot or the pr people)we are frustrated fans and we have every right to be upset with this team…our comments and frustrations with certain individuals may not be warrented but we are simply fed up with this team and the effort (or lack there of) that they put forth on a consistent basis!!

    - Mr. T
  22. 22.

    (sorry, just to add something to finish my point)…we invest our time and/or money (buying tickets, TSN2, etc.) and in return we recieve an effort that for the most part this season isn’t worth watching!

    - Mr. T
  23. 23.

    Mr T.
    i get where you’re coming from…chances are, if we’re posting on this forum, we’re all pretty big raps fans, so you’re not the only one that is beyond frustrated with the lack of heart, more than anything, with this team…

    however, in the midst of this pitiful showing, when the opportunity arises to celebrate something positive, and acknowledge the prouder times in this franchise’s brief history, why push it away? i mean, it’s just pro sports, and you and i aren’t getting paid to be fans, so why not squeeze whatever joy we can out of this?

    i don’t mean to preach, but it just seems odd that you guys want to be fans, but can’t see any further back than their latest loss…is that really fanhood?

    - Jay B
  24. 24.

    Jay B…the problem IS that we CAN see further back than their latest loss!

    And all we see are piles upon piles of losses.

    I am just about at my breaking point and I’m not ashamed to admit you are all contributing to this, rather inexpensive, therapy :)

    Of course, this is just sports. And, lord knows, we all have lives far beyond the Toronto Raptors…we do, don’t we?

    I’m just tired of this team spinning it’s wheels, or sometimes even taking steps back.

    I have been buying my season seats for 8 years and it seems that every single year (except for the 47 win season) this team underachieves. And, to make matters worse, we have to watch a team like Orlando flourish in a very short period of time.

    Sure, they drafted Dwight Howard…but we also had a chance to draft a franchise player like Brandon Roy…but we didn’t.

    But, how about all of their other small moves? Acquiring guys like J. Nelson, H. Turkoglu and R. Lewis have been huge transactions, and have had a direct impact on the team’s drive up the standing over the past two years.

    And, all the while, Bryan Colangelo twiddles his thumbs, sipping Italian wine and sharpening his collars.

    Once again, we’re on the verge of a huge rebuilding of our players…and it SUCKS!!

    - brento
  25. 25.

    For the record, I’m not bashing the decade long run of three pointers. Sadly, the truth is, I watch every game nervously until we make the first three to keep the streak alive.

    - Mr. T
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