Allen, a 15-year veteran ended the night with 2,562 three-point shots made in his career, sitting on top of the NBA record books and with good chance to remain there for some time. The next closest active player to Allen is Jason Kidd, with 1,754 career three-pointers entering Friday. To break the record at home, against the Los Angeles Lakers, was a special moment for Allen, who joined Boston in 2007 and has reached two NBA Finals and won one in that time.
"Going back a game or so ago, in Charlotte, the stage wasn't there, and I knew people wanted to see me do it," Allen said of the possibility of breaking the record on the road on Monday on the Celtics' website. "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...this record, I just didn't really understand until that moment just how big it was. Coming into the game, the game was already big enough, with who we played and being on national TV.
Allen's record-breaking three-point shot came on a fast break off a turnover at the other end of the court. Allen set up at a 45 degree angle closest t the Celtics bench, took the pass and offered one of his trademark three-point jump shots that has done so often in the league, starting with the Milwaukee Bucks, then with the Seattle Supersonic before coming to Boston.
"Somebody told me this is my moment enjoy it, and I'm sitting here thinking I've never really had a moment that's mine, I've always shared it with guys," Allen said. "So I'm standing on the floor, and you've got to take individual praise for 30 seconds, I don't know how to do that 'cause I've never had to. I've never had a time where I've had to stand out there and say thank you, because it really was about me."
The record-breaking shot put the Celtics up 22-14 closing in on the end of the first quarter but Kobe Bryant and the Lakers rebounded for a 92-86 victory. The Lakers victory was fueled by Bryant's team-leading 23 points and Paul Gasol's 20 points. Allen led the Celtics in scoring with 20 points, which included nine points off of three three-point shots.
With the win the Lakers even the season series with their cross-country and historical rivals from Boston. Boston maintains a healthy 11.5 game lead in the Atlantic Division over the New York Knicks and the Lakers hold a 10.5 game lead on the Phoenix Suns. The loss drops the Celtics in to a tie for the lead in the Eastern Conference with the Miami Heat at 38-14. The Lakers are currently third overall in the Western Conference, 7.5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs.
NBA Career Leaders - 3-Pt Field Goals
- Ray Allen - 2,562
- Reggie Miller - 2,560
- Jason Kidd - 1,754
- Dale Ennis - 1,719
- Peja Stojakovic - 1,719
- Chauncey Billups - 1,690
- Rashard Lewis - 1,667
- Jason Terry - 1,599
- Glen Rice - 1,559
- Eddie Jones - 1,546
Bold = active
Source: Pro Basketball Reference
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