Ray Allen set a new NBA record with his 2,561st career three-pointer with less than two minutes to play in the first quarter and finished the first half with 14 points as the Boston Celtics took a 53-45 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers into halftime at TD Garden.
Allen made 6-of-11 field goals and 2-of-5 threes in the opening half. Pacers legend Reggie Miller, who previously held the three-point record with 2,560 entering Thursday night’s game, was in the building to witness Allen break his record.
Kevin Garnett had eight points and five rebounds for Boston. Rajon Rondo had seven points and eight assists and Von Wafer scored eight points off the bench for the Celtics.
Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum led the Lakers with 12 points a piece at the intermission. Kobe Bryant scored just three points and had four rebounds and three assists for L.A.
Boston made 20-of-39 field goals (51.3%) while Los Angeles connected on 16-of-36 shots (44.4%) in the first half.