Ray Allen breaks record, Lakers take Celtics
While Ray Allen was breaking Reggie Miller’s All-Time three-point record, the Celtics forgot there was still a game to play. The LA Lakers took it to the Boston Celtics 92-86, last night (Thurs Feb 10). Ray Allen needed two three’s to break the record, and got three. Allen has 2,562 three’s putting him past Miller who had 2,560 career three’s. They stopped the game for a brief moment at the end of the 1st quarter to acknowledge Allen’s accomplishment. The Lakers were admirable with respect to Allen breaking the record on them, but weren’t going home with a loss.
“It’s one shot of many,” Allen said of the record-breaker. “But it ends up being one shot that stands alone.”
“What I thought about is: ‘Is it really going to happen?’ “ said Allen after the game. “I know I only needed two 3s, and on any other day, any other game, it seems like it would happen just like that. I wouldn’t have to think about it. But that second three, it seemed like it was slow motion for me, because I saw the whole thing develop.
“As I’ve gotten older, I play the game and I can see it, somewhat in a second motion so to speak. Where the ball kind of comes slow, like somebody is slow-motioning on TV. That’s exactly how it felt, because the minute we got the stop and [Rajon] Rondo got the ball, in my mind it just started, and I just said to myself, ‘This is it.’ “
Miller offered nothing but kind words towards Allen before tipoff.
“He just told me he was proud of me and he was excited for me,” said Allen. “He said he was glad that he could be here for this moment and it’s just so serendipitous that it happened the way it happened. For us to be sitting here, Reggie’s in the building, and he’s in the building able to work the game.”
Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, part of the same draft class at Allen, marveled at the accomplishment.
“I think it’s pretty awesome that he and I have been in the league so long and we’re still playing at a high level,” said Bryant. “I take a lot of pride and honor in watching him perform, being that we came [into the league] in ’96 and probably me, him and — who else? [Steve] Nash — are really the only ones that are still going at a high level. (quotes from full article courtesy espn.com)
Ray Allen scored 20 points for the game, complete highlight and ceremony:
Kobe Bryant scored 23 points for the game, highlights:
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