For the sixth consecutive season, NBA teams have combined to set a leaguewide 3-point record. Last season’s number was 23,748, and No. 23,749 of this season came on Friday night. The league is more than 8 percent ahead of last year’s pace, and 25,000 makes this season is very possible. So clearly, the reliance on the 3-pointer is not going to lessen anytime soon.

Out of 30 teams, 19 are either on pace to set or already have set franchise records for made 3s this season, and a couple of others are within reasonable striking distance. There are shooters now all over the league. Only four seasons ago, the total of NBA players who made at least 100 3s was 57. This year, that total is going to be close to doubled. Across the NBA this season, 91 percent of players have attempted at least one 3-pointer and 81 percent of players have made at least one.

Rookies are making them; Utah’s Donovan Mitchell had 172 entering Friday and is closing in on the record for a first-year player (185 by Portland’s Damian Lillard). Also making them are 7-footers; eight guys listed at 7-0 or taller likely will get to the 100 mark by the end of the season. And the league as a whole is actually getting better at them. Accuracy from 3-point range has gone up about 1.5 percent over the past three seasons, definitely one of the reasons why scoring per game is higher than it’s been at any point in nearly 30 years.

The first season in which the NBA combined to make 15,000 3-pointers was 2009-10, and that seems like ages ago. The 20,000 plateau was broken just two seasons ago, and barring something very unusual, this season’s total will top 25,000. The single-team mark is also about to fall, and then get left in the dust for good measure. Houston, which is quite obviously flourishing in Mike D’Antoni’s free-flowing system and has the league’s best overall record, hit 14 3s on Friday night — including a game winner to beat Phoenix 104-103. The Rockets now need only five more to break the single-season mark that they established … you guessed it, last season.

It was only two years ago that Golden State became the first team to make 1,000 3s in a season — and the Rockets are on pace to get close to 1,300 this season. It works for them: Houston is 11-1 in games where they shoot 50 or more threes. It’s a statistically irrelevant sample size with which to draw a comparison, but the other teams to take at least 50 3s in a game this season — Brooklyn twice, Boston once — are 0-3.

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