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.
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.
|17 March 07||J.J. Redick||Keyon Dooling||9:13, 2nd||
|1 April 07||J.J. Redick||0:00, 2nd||
L, 105-104 (OT)
|11 Nov. 12||E'Twaun Moore||Arron Afflalo||5:50, 3rd||
|30 Nov. 12||E'Twaun Moore||Arron Afflalo||1:16, 2nd||Brooklyn Nets
|5 Dec. 12||Jameer Nelson||J.J. Redick||5:38, 1st||
|4 Feb. 13||Josh McRoberts||Kyle O'Quinn||3:05, 4th||Philadelphia 76ers
|7 April 13||Doron Lamb||Maurice Harkless||7:04, 2nd||
|2 March 14||Maurice Harkless||Kyle O'Quinn||11:40, 4th||Philadelphia 76ers
|Source: basketball-reference.com 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.
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?
|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.