Coach blase about record

STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

Donyell Marshall was thrilled to have tied the NBA record for most three-pointers in a game, even though he missed breaking the record three times as the minutes wound down in last night's game.

Marshall tied the NBA mark of 12 by nailing a 24-foot jump shot with 4:12 left in yesterday's 128-110 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

With his aim never truer and more than four minutes remaining, the 19,800 diehards at the Air Canada Centre had every reason to believe that it was only a matter of time before the laid-back Marshall made the record his.

Unfortunately for the fans, Marshall's long-range shooting suddenly went cold as he jacked up three more jump shots from beyond the arc in the final minutes of the game and was pulled by head coach Sam Mitchell for Matt Bonner with 47 seconds left.

On the bright side, his departure did allow the fans to acknowledge his feat (tying the record) with a standing ovation, followed by the chanting of his name for possibly the first time at the ACC.

Mitchell said he was unaware when he pulled Marshall out of the game that his player was one three away from breaking the NBA mark, not that it would have mattered.

"I don't keep up with things like that," a slightly irritated Mitchell said. "I'm not going to turn my shoulder and run down to the scorers table to find out what a record is. My main focus was win the game."

"We just wanted to get him out of the game so fans could give him the recognition he deserved after the performance he just had," Mitchell added. "The most important thing for us was the win."

Marshall suspected that he was approaching the record for threes when his teammates began yelling at him in the fourth quarter to jack up threes whenever he got the chance.

"They kept saying, no matter what play we run, we're going to look for you in the corner," he said.

Marshall said teammate Jalen Rose gave him a running commentary during the game and at the breaks of what he needed to do to break the record, and that inspired him to keep shooting.


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