Ray Watch: Ray Allen Breaks NBA Record With 2,561st Three-Pointer

Ray Allen has broken the NBA career three-point record with his 2,561st three-pointer with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter of the Celtics’ game against the rival Lakers at TD Garden on Thursday night. Allen finished with 20 points in the Celtics' 92-86 loss. Read more at CelticsBlog.

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Ray Allen: Three-Point Record 'Was All About These Fans In Boston'

Ray Allen has never been known to be overly emotional on the basketball court. But for two brief moments on Thursday night, and two historic three pointers, that all changed. Allen, who broke the NBA career record for three-pointers made in Thursday night's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden, looked like a kid playing his first ever basketball game. 

When shooting and making the record-tying three with 4:15 left in the first quarter, Allen was wide-eyed with anticipation and exuberant. On the record-breaking three with 1:45 left in the opening quarter, Allen was even more blissful, pumping his fist and jumping around with excitement.

At the end of the quarter, Allen embraced Reggie Miller, who held the three-point record entering Thursday night's game, as well as his teammates and family members, all while receiving a standing ovation from the loving crowd at TD Garden. 

"Once the timeout came, I just knew I had to go over there and say thank you again to Reggie," he said. "My mom was standing there, she was in tears, so I wanted to make sure I thanked my family for being there for me. You don't do anything in any sport or job, without the backbone of your family. They're making sure I have the confidence to walk out of the house, so I can come here and do this job every night, making sure I eat right, that the kids are taken care of. Without them, I can't be who I am."

In a postgame interview, via Jessica Camerato at CSNNEAllen shared that it wouldn't have been the same had he tied or broken the record on Monday night in Charlotte.

"It was all about these fans in Boston, it was all about the fans in Boston," he said. "I think about anything I've ever done in my career, the stage here is set, and everybody was ready. Going back a game or so ago in Charlotte, the stage wasn't there, and I knew people wanted to see me do it. If I did it, I did it, but the stage here was set. When I ran out on the floor, and saw all the signs, and all the people. 

The moment was surreal for Allen, who at one point admitted that he was a little embarrassed that it was such a big moment. Prior to the game, Allen was even unsure about what he should do when the moment arrived.

"The last thing I told Reggie when we met in the back over there [before the game],'' Allen said. "I told him, ‘What do I do?' I never expected anything like this situation. Do I sit there and look stupid or stand up? I don't know. He said, ‘I don't know, either. Do whatever you have to do because it is your moment.' And, I said, ‘It is your moment, as well.' ''

Looking back, Allen handled the moment perfectly. He certainly gave his family, his fans, and even himself, a moment that will forever be remembered in Celtics history. Congratulations, Ray, you've earned it.


Ray Allen's Historic Night Overshadows Celtics' Loss To Lakers

They say that box scores don’t tell the full story, and the truth is, they don’t. Take Ray Allen’s stat line in Thursday night’s 92-86 loss to the Lakers: 20 points, 8-of-18 from the field, 3-of-8 from three-point range.

What the box score fails to mention is the fact that Allen made history on Thursday night, breaking the NBA career three-point record with his 2,561st long ball.

Allen entered Thursday night’s game with 2,559 career three-pointers, one shy of Pacers’ legend Reggie Miller’s all-time record. He tied Miller with 4:15 remaining in the first quarter on a straightaway three and proceeded to break the record on another straightaway three with 1:48 left in the quarter.

Upon breaking the record, Allen received a standing ovation from the sellout crowd at TD Garden. He was congratulated by teammates, Lakers’ guard Kobe Bryant, and even Miller, who was part of the broadcast team for TNT.

Allen finished the game with 20 points on 8-of-18 shooting and made 3-of-8 three pointers to finish with 2,562 career three-pointers. In addition, Allen had one rebound and one assist in 35 minutes.


Ray Allen Breaks NBA Career Three-Point Record With His 2,561st Three

Ray Allen has broken the NBA career three-point record with his 2,561st three-pointer with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter of the Celtics’ game against the Lakers at TD Garden on Thursday night.

The sellout crowd on-hand at TD Garden gave Allen a standing ovation following his record-breaking three. Allen was congratulated by teammates, as well as the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and even Reggie Miller, who held the NBA record for most three pointers made with 2,560 entering tonight’s game.

Miller was in the building to witness Allen tie and break the all-time three-point record, as he is part of the broadcast team for TNT.

Boston currently leads Los Angeles, 34-22, with 10:20 left in the second quarter.


Ray Watch: Ray Allen Ties Reggie Miller For NBA Three-Point Record

Ray Allen has tied Reggie Miller for the most three pointers made in NBA history with his straightaway three pointer with 4:15 remaining in the first quarter.

Allen has now made 2,560 three pointers in his 15-year NBA career. He missed his first three-point attempt from the corner with 7:24 left in the first quarter.

Miller and Allen are now tied for the most made three pointers in league history. Ironically, Miller is in the building to watch Allen tie (and potentially break) the record, as he is part of the broadcast team for TNT.

Boston currently leads Los Angeles 17-14 with 3:00 left in the first quarter.


Ray Allen, And How The Boston Celtics Get Him Open Looks

The Boston Celtics' Ray Allen has made 2,559 three-point shots in his career. The NBA record, held by Reggie Miller, is 2,560. Allen averages 2.38 successful three-pointers per game for his career, and is averaging 2.25 per contest this season (115 3PT in 51 games). So, it stands to reason that Thursday night, when the Boston Celtics host the Los Angeles Lakers, Allen will surpass Miller and become the NBA's most prolific long-range shooter. 

For a while now, Allen has been one of the league's best shooters -- if not the best. You know that. I know that. The other teams' coaches certainly know that. So, how does Allen keep getting open looks? SB Nation's Sebastian Pruiti did some investigating and found that, according to Synergy Sports Technology, "52.5 percent of Ray Allen's 284 catch-and-shoot jumpers are considered unguarded." Which, as Pruiti, is "absolutely mindboggling."

The Celtics spring Allen for open looks using three different methods: setting screens, allowing for spot-ups and running pick-and-rolls. 

Off Screens

Part of what makes Allen so hard to defend is the fact that he is so good at reading the defense as he comes off of the screen. This is part of the reason why the Celtics have Allen come off of screens so much -- they can trust that he will make the correct read more times than not.

One of the off-screen plays that the Celtics use the most is a double screen on one side with a single on the other, giving Allen the opportunity choose which screen he wants to use:


With Rajon Rondo bringing up the basketball, Ray Allen gets himself underneath the rim as the rest of the team gets in position. Paul Pierce and Shaquille O'Neal set up to set screens on one side of the court and Kevin Garnett sets up on the other side.

Pruiti writes, "What makes this so hard to defend is that only Ray Allen knows which direction he is going in. This means that the defender is reacting to Allen, and usually by the time he does, it is too late."

It's an excellent break down of the Celtics', and Ray Allen's, tireless work to get open looks at the basket -- visit SB Nation for a complete breakdown

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