PHILADELPHIA — 76ers guard James Harden hit a step-back 3-pointer with 7:01 remaining in the first quarter of Thursday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets to send him past Reggie Miller and into third place on the NBA’s all-time 3-point list.
Harden, who tied Miller in Monday’s victory over the Chicago Bulls, now has 2,561 3-pointers in his career, 412 behind Ray Allen for the second most in NBA history and 551 behind all-time leader Stephen Curry, who passed Allen earlier this season.
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“[Third] all time in NBA history, that’s definitely a huge accomplishment,” Harden said recently. “I think No. 1 is definitely going to be hard to catch. You’ve got the best shooter that ever touched a basketball in Steph. But that realm from Reggie to Ray to Kyle Korver [in fifth place], I mean, those are some unbelievable shooters that we all witnessed shoot the basketball at a high level.
“So I’m blessed, I’m fortunate to be on that list, high on top of the list. And I’ll do whatever it takes to try to catch Steph. [It’s] going to be difficult, man.”
Miller was in the building for the moment, calling the game for TNT, and was recognized by Wells Fargo Center’s public address announcer, when Miller then got up from his seat wearing a customized 76ers jersey honoring Harden for passing him on the list.
Since being traded to Philadelphia last month, the 76ers are 5-0 in games Harden and Joel Embiid have played together entering Thursday night’s Atlantic Division showdown with the Brooklyn Nets — which also saw the return of Ben Simmons to Philadelphia for the first time since the trade, though he did not play in the game.