Five things on Allen's road to the 3-point record

Five things on Allen's road to the 3-point record

Ray Allen knocked down his first three-point shot just minutes into his NBA debut. Since then he has amassed a total of 2,559 treys over his 15-year career.

On Thursday night, he has the opportunity to break Reggie Millers all-time 3-point field goal record (2,560) against the Los Angles Lakers at TD Garden. It will take one to tie, two to break, and with Allen shooting a career-best 46.2 percent from long-range, the mark is well within reach.

My perspective on basketball never changed. I still always felt like I had to figure out how to play the game, Allen told It's just something that happened because I've been healthy and playing on good teams and taking care of myself.

Here are five things to know about Allens journey toward the record:

How It All Began

And it began quickly. Allen made his first NBA 3-point field goal three minutes into his rookie debut on November 1, 1996. He shot 2-for-3 from long-range as the Milwaukee Bucks defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 111-103, on Opening Night. Allen, who was in the starting lineup with former Celtics Vin Baker and Sherman Douglas, finished with 13 points.

When Reggie Set the Record

A 22-year-old Allen was in his second year in the NBA, playing for the Bucks. He had made just 244 3-pointers when Miller set the current record on April 13, 1998. Allen, ironically, shot 0-for-6 from three-point range the following night. That season he ranked 9th overall in 3-pointers. Miller ranked second and Wesley Person led the league.

Welcome to Boston

Allen scored his first 3-pointer as a Celtic on Opening Night, November 2, 2007, at TD Garden against the Washington Wizards. He hit the shot with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. Credit the assist to . . . Brian Scalabrine. Allen has scored 639 treys since being traded to the Celtics. (He made 1,051 as a member of the Bucks and 869 with the Seattle SuperSonics.)

Give Him a Ten

Allen's regular season single-game high is 10 3-pointers, set on April 14, 2002 in a Bucks win over the Charlotte Hornets. Allen is one of six players to hit 10 treys in a game - Joe Dumars, George McCloud, Brian Shaw, J.R. Smith, and Peja Stojakovic have done it as well. Kobe Bryant and Donyell Marshall share the record with 12 3-point field goals in a single game.

Getting It Done in the Playoffs

Allen set an NBA Finals record last season with eight 3-pointers in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. He connected for seven treys against the Lakers in the 2008 Finals and previously shared that mark with Scottie Pippen and Kenny Smith. Allens career-high postseason total is 57 treys in the 2001 playoffs with the Bucks. Miller made a league-record 58 the previous postseason.
Allens quest toward the record will begin on Thursday night at 8pm EST in front of the Celtics home crowd.

"Definitely, this is the place to do it, the place to be, said Allen. It just seems right, being in this building."

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When the First Shot Fell

On Thursday night the Boston Celtics have the opportunity to experience NBA history if Ray Allen breaks the all-time 3-point record, currently held by Reggie Miller. See where the Celtics were when Allens prowess began on November 1, 1996:

Michael Jordan scored 30 points against the Celtics in a 107-98 Chicago Bulls win. Dana Barros led the C's with 24 points off the bench.

Shaquille O'Neal played his first game as a Los Angeles Laker, recording a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds, in a 96-82 victory over the Phoenix Suns.

Kevin Garnett began his second NBA season with 17 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals as the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the San Antonio Spurs, 82-78.

Paul Pierce was gearing up for his sophomore season at the University of Kansas.

Avery Bradley was three weeks shy of his 6th birthday.

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

With Thomas drawing attention, Stevens turns to Rozier in big moment

BOSTON – Prior to Saturday’s game, Terry Rozier talked to about the importance of staying ready always, because “you never know when your name or number is going to be called.”

Like when trailing by three points in the fourth quarter with less than 10 seconds to play?

Yes, Rozier was on the floor in that scenario and the second-year guard delivered when his team needed it.


But Rozier’s fourth quarter heroics which forced overtime against Portland, did not provide that much-needed jolt that Boston needed as the Blazers managed to fend off the Celtics in overtime, 127-123.

For Rozier’s part, he had 15 points on 6-for-13 shooting.

The 15 points scored for Rozier was the most for him since he tallied 16 in a 30-point Celtics win at Orlando on Dec. 7.

But more than the points, the decision by head coach Brad Stevens to draw up a play for him in that moment, a time when most of what Boston does revolves around the shooting of Isaiah Thomas who has been among the top-3 scorers in the fourth quarter most of this season, was surprising to many.

And at that point in the game, Thomas already had 13 fourth-quarter points.

Stevens confirmed after the game that the last shot in the fourth was indeed for Rozier, but Thomas’ presence on the floor was important to its execution.

“He (Thomas) also draws a lot of attention,” Stevens said. “So I think you just weigh kind of … what kind of shot you’re going to get, depending on who it is.”

Rozier had initially screened for Thomas, and Thomas came back and screened for him.

“I was open as soon as I caught … and I let it fly,” Rozier said. “Coach drew up a play for me and it felt good to see the ball go in.”

Being on the floor at that time, win or lose, was a victory of sorts for Rozier.

He has seen first-hand how quickly the tide can change in the NBA for a young player.

After a strong summer league showing and a solid training camp, Rozier had earned himself a firm spot in the team’s regular rotation.

But a series of not-so-great games coupled with Gerald Green’s breakout night on Christmas Day, led to his playing time since then becoming more sporadic.

Rozier, in an interview with, acknowledged it hasn’t been easy going from playing regular minutes to not being sure how much court time, if any, he would receive.

But he says the veterans on the team have been good about keeping his spirits up, and one in particular – Avery Bradley – has been especially helpful.

Like Rozier, Bradley’s first couple of years saw his playing time go from non-existent to inconsistent. But Bradley stayed the course and listened to the team’s veterans who continued to tell him that his hard work would pay off sooner or later.

Those same words of wisdom Bradley received in his early days, he passes on to Rozier.

“It’s big,” Rozier told “He (Bradley) tells me things like that. I felt I was ready for this (inconsistent minutes) after all that he told me. It’s big to have a guy like him that has been through it all with a championship team, been around this organization for a while; have him talk to you is big. It’s always good. That’s why I stay positive, and be ready.”

Which is part of the reason why Stevens didn’t hesitate to call up a play for the second-year guard despite him being a 33.3 percent shooter from 3-point range this season – that ranks eighth on this team, mind you.

“He’s a really good shooter,” Stevens said of Rozier. “I think with more opportunity that will show itself true, but he made some big ones in the fourth quarter. We went to him a few different times out of time-outs, and felt good about him making that one.”

And to know that Stevens will turn to him not just to spell Thomas or one of the team’s other guards, but to actually make a game-altering play in the final seconds … that’s major.

“It helps tremendously,” said Rozier who added that his confidence is through “the roof. It makes me want to do everything. You know defense, all of that. It’s great, especially to have a guy like Brad trust you."

Stars, studs and duds: Lillard steps up in second half, overtime

Stars, studs and duds: Lillard steps up in second half, overtime

BOSTON – Saturday was yet another night when the opposing team – this time it was the Portland Trail Blazers – that up the Boston Celtics with an avalanche of points that ended in a 127-123 overtime loss.

And yet through the rubble of all those lay-ups and put-back baskets and mid-range jumpers, Stevens saw something he has not seen in a while – hope that better days defensively were coming sooner rather than later.


“As crazy as it sounds with them scoring (127) … I actually thought we were a lot closer to defending the way we want to defend," said Stevens. "I thought we were really locked into those guards, and I thought we tried to make it as tough as possible. Those guys are really good players, obviously, but I thought, I thought we did a lot of good things in that regard.”

For the most part, Boston and Portland played a relatively even game that wasn’t decided until the final minute of overtime.

“They just made more plays down the stretch,” said Boston’s Al Horford.

Here are the Stars, Studs and Duds from Saturday’s game.



C.J. McCollum

He tends to get second billing to Damian Lillard, but he was a first rate problem for the Celtics. He led the Blazers with 35 points on 11-for-21 shooting.

Damian Lillard

After a foul-troubled first half, Lillard stepped up like the All-Star he is in the second half to finish with 28 points and seven assists which included seven of Portland’s 14 points in overtime.

Isaiah Thomas

It was another dynamic scoring night for Thomas, finishing with a game-high 41 points which included 21 in the fourth quarter and overtime.


Terry Rozier

Making the most of his chance to play due to injuries and illnesses, Rozier came up with a number of big shots all night. He finished with 15 points which included a 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds in the fourth that forced overtime.

Mason Plumlee

In addition to doing a solid job protecting the rim, Plumlee also tallied a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds while dishing out a game-high eight assists.

Meyers Leonard

Easily the big X-factor of the game, Leonard had 17 points off the bench on 6-for-7 shooting.



Celtics Turnovers

This is the one area where the Celtics have been really good all season. Saturday? Not so much. Boston turned the ball over a season-high 21 times which accounted for 34 points for the Blazers.