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Orlando Magic three-point streak: Facts and figures

Orlando has made at least one three in each of its last 554 games, the league's fifth-longest active streak. Orlando Pinstriped Post breaks it down.

Jameer Nelson
Jameer Nelson

The Orlando Magic kept a remarkable streak alive in their 91-80 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, but only just: Maurice Harkless' three-pointer 20 seconds into the fourth quarter pushed to 554 games their stretch of consecutive games with a trey, the NBA's fifth-longest active streak and 10th-longest in history. Informally chatting with reporters after the game, Harkless said he had no idea of the streak, not that anyone ought to blame him: it started on March 17th, 2007, or less than two months shy of his 14th birthday.

The Magic's close call on Sunday got us thinking about this streak. Some facts and figures regarding it follow.

Close calls

On eight occasions during the streak--including the game which started it and the Philly game Sunday--Orlando has managed only one three-pointer. Here's who hit the streak-saving trey in those contests, when they hit it, against whom, and other details.

Date Player Assist Time, quarter Opponent/
17 March 07 J.J. Redick Keyon Dooling 9:13, 2nd Sacramento Kings
L, 95-83
1 April 07 J.J. Redick 0:00, 2nd Minnesota Timberwolves
L, 105-104 (OT)
11 Nov. 12 E'Twaun Moore Arron Afflalo 5:50, 3rd Brooklyn Nets
L, 82-74
30 Nov. 12 E'Twaun Moore Arron Afflalo 1:16, 2nd Brooklyn Nets
L, 98-86
5 Dec. 12 Jameer Nelson J.J. Redick 5:38, 1st Utah Jazz
L, 87-81
4 Feb. 13 Josh McRoberts Kyle O'Quinn 3:05, 4th Philadelphia 76ers
L, 78-61
7 April 13 Doron Lamb Maurice Harkless 7:04, 2nd Cleveland Cavaliers
L, 91-85
2 March 14 Maurice Harkless Kyle O'Quinn 11:40, 4th Philadelphia 76ers
W, 92-81
Source: Play Index

Sunday's game wasn't the closest the Magic have come to breaking the streak: McRoberts' basket in February 2013, coincidentally also against the Sixers, came with less time remaining on the clock. One could also argue for Redick's end-of-half heave against Minnesota in 2007 also proving more instrumental in keeping the streak alive than Harkless' shot.

One should also note, based on the above dates, that Orlando never came quite so close to ending its streak during Stan Van Gundy's tenure as head coach. The Magic became infamous for shooting threes aplenty, with no team taking or making more threes than Orlando did in his five seasons at its helm.

Top marksmen

Eleven Magic players have eclipsed 100 made treys for the team in this 554-game streak. Here's where they stand.

That Afflalo appears on this list qualifies as a surprise, given his mediocre first season with the Magic. He shot 72-of-240 (30 percent) from deep in 64 games that year. In his All-Star-caliber second season, he's hit 30 more triples in seven fewer attempts in 11 fewer appearances, rocketing him up this list. His 43.8 percent mark in the 2013/14 campaign puts him in striking distance of Cuttino Mobley (46.4 percent) for the franchise's single-season three-point accuracy record.

Nelson, meanwhile, has ascended Orlando's all-time treys list through this season-spanning streak: his 856 career triples place him behind only Dennis Scott (981) and Nick Anderson (900) in team history. His treys during Orlando's three-point run account for 80.1 percent of his career total.

Where are they now?

Let's circle back to March 14th, 2007, the last game Orlando played in which it didn't convert a single three. Who was on the Magic's roster for that 101-90 win over the Utah Jazz, and what's become of them in the nearly seven years since?

Player MP
vs. Utah
Trevor Ariza 24 Starting for the Washington Wizards
Carlos Arroyo DNP-CD Left NBA after 2011/12; now playing for Galatasaray S.K. (Turkey)
James Augustine Inactive Left NBA after 2007/08; now playing for BC Khimki (Russia)
Tony Battie 29 Retired after 2011/12; now an Orlando Magic television studio analyst
Keith Bogans DNP-CD Under contract with Boston Celtics, but not with the team
Travis Diener Inactive Left NBA after 2009/10; now playing for Dinamo Basket Sassari (Italy)
Keyon Dooling 21 Retired after 2012/13; now a life coach and aspiring author
Pat Garrity DNP-CD Retired after 2007/08; now an investment banker
Grant Hill 33 Retired after 2012/13; now a Turner Sports analyst
Dwight Howard 44 Starting for the Houston Rockets
Darko Miličić Inactive Left the NBA during the 2012/13 season
Jameer Nelson 27 Starting for the Orlando Magic
Bo Outlaw DNP-CD Retired after 2007/08; now an Orlando Magic community ambassador
J.J. Redick 22 Starting for the Los Angeles Clippers
Hedo Türkoğlu 38 Coming off the bench for the Los Angeles Clippers

Only five of the players in Orlando's employ that night still play in the NBA. A sixth, Bogans, has an NBA deal but is effectively out of the league. The remaining nine guys' NBA playing days are behind them, with Garrity serving as the most striking example of that dynamic.

Plenty has changed since March 14th, 2007, but at least one fact remains:

The Magic keep hitting threes.

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