Will Wayne Ellington set new Heat record for 3-pointers made in single season? A look at his chances with two games remaining

Miami Heat’s Wayne Ellington (2) reacts to making a basket against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

MIAMI — The Heat have already clinched a playoff spot, but Wayne Ellington has a few things left to play for this regular season.

First, Ellington is still helping the Heat in their fight for playoff positioning. And second, Ellington still has some work to do to set a new team record for 3-pointers made by an individual in a single season.

Entering Monday’s home game against the Thunder, Ellington is second on the list with 218 made threes. He’s eight 3-pointers away from breaking Damon Jones’ team record of 225 set in the 2004-05 season.

“Let’s see if we can get him those tonight,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said with a smile in advance of Monday’s game. “That would mean he’d shoot 20 of them tonight.”

That’s asking a lot, but maybe not. Ellington did attempt 17 threes in an overtime loss to the Kings on March 14 and made eight threes in a win over the Mavericks on Dec. 22.

But that scenario is still very unlikely, as Ellington is averaging 2.9 made 3-pointers per game this season. With two regular-season games remaining — including Monday’s contest — he needs to average four made threes per game over the final two to pass Jones.

“To be a leader in any statistical category for this franchise is a huge thing,” Ellington said Monday when asked what it would mean to get the record. “Obviously, there’s a lot of great players that have come through here and championship teams. If you can be at the top of a list for anything that’s going on here with this Heat organization, it’s a major accomplishment.”

Ellington already made NBA history, when he established an NBA record for 3-pointers made off the bench in a single season during Wednesday’s win over the Hawks. He broke Eric Gordon’s mark of 206 set last season with the Rockets.

“It’s funny, I didn’t even know about that or anything until after the game,” Ellington said of making NBA history. “I got back to my locker and I looked at my phone, I had a lot of text messages and stuff like that. But man, it’s just a testament to a great season so far. Obviously, my teammates and coaches have been unbelievable to me and I always like to thank those guys. But it’s been a heck of a regular season and it’s been a lot of fun.”

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