Sports: Ray Allen Breaks Reggie Miller’s 3 Point Shooting Record
Baller Status: Celtics veteran guard, Ray Allen, is known as one of the best shooters in the game today. But on Thursday night (February 10), he will be forever in the NBA history books, by breaking the great Reggie Miller’s NBA record of 2,560 career 3-pointers during Boston’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
With a pair of treys in the first quarter, Allen surpassed the mark and became the NBA All-Time 3-Point Leader.
Right as half-time begun, the crowd at TD Garden gave Allen a prolonged standing ovation, after which he greeted the man’s record he just broke, who was sitting courtside as an analyst for TNT, with a handshake before embracing his family.
After the game, Allen said the experience was surreal.
“What I thought about is: ‘Is it really going to happen?’ ” he said. “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 was not bitter, whatsoever, about his record being broken. Allen said he spoke to the NBA shooting legend before tipoff, and he expressed his excitement for him,
“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.”
At age 35, Allen continues to play at a high level, and is likely, he’ll play for at least a few more seasons, and the three-point record will continue to climb.
An interesting note about the record is that Miller played for 18 seasons and 1,389 games; while Allen reached the mark in 15 seasons and just 1,074 games.
Congrats to Allen, he will go down in NBA history as one of the top shooters ever!