2010-11 NBA Season | Ray Allen Becomes New NBA Three-Point King!Category: Basketball
This game was one of the most anticipated in the Boston Celtics schedule.
Yes, a rematch between the defending NBA champs LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics are always anticipated but this one was even more special.
On Thursday night’s game, history is about to be made as Celtics guard Ray Allen needs two three-point shots to become the all time leading three point shooter in NBA history.
With 1:48 left in the first quarter, Allen made sure not to disappoint the millions of fans watching the game as he hit his second three-point shot.
That was his 2,561st three-pointer moving him past Reggie Miller to stand alone in the NBA all-time record books.
The arena exploded in cheers.
Incidentally, Miller was also in attendance as part of the TNT network crew broadcasting the game.
Allen walked to Miller afterwards, shook hands with him and hugged him. I had goose bumps witnessing that moment.
“All records are made to be broken. I had a conversation with Ray earlier tonight and he was like, ‘When I was a rookie and I came to Market Square Arena and I saw you for 3 to 3 1/2 hours before (the game) shooting, that’s how I wanted to patent my game.”‘
“When we came in the league, Allen Iverson myself, all the guys in my class that came in.. Reggie was the shooting guard who we were out there competing against and trying to beat. It was a privilege to play alongside and play against him. To do this, and beat his record, and have him in the building – I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Allen got to the record a little faster than Miller, needing 6,430 shots to reach the record – a percentage of 39.8. Miller took 6,486 shots from 3-point range in his 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers, making 39.5 percent.
Ray Allen made one more to top score with 20 points for his team but Kobe Bryant and the Lakers spoiled the fun 92-86 giving them their biggest win of their roller coaster season.
He now has a total of 2,562 three-pointers and 21,875 points moving him to #25 on the NBA All-Time scoring list.
Check out this tribute video, a look back at Ray Allen’s 15-year career with Milwaukee, Seattle and Boston:
Congrats Ray Allen!
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