BOSTON -- Ray Allen battled a cold all day on Monday.
Imagine what a healthy version of him would have done.
Allen scored a team-high 27 points and shot six-for-seven from three-point range to lead the Boston Celtics to a 100-92 win over the Washington Wizards.
Prior to the game, he suffered from a minor headache, coughing, runny nose, and congestion. Allen said he felt the pain once he came out of the game, but while he was on the court he did everything he could to block it out.
I think any time you have any small, little issue, whether it's a nagging injury or you are dealing with any kind of sickness or flu, you always focus in a lot more, he said after the game. It's like that little bit of playing around that you do, either in your mind or out there on the floor, you cut that out and you focus in more because you know you're not feeling well.
Allen scored 16 points in the first half and added another 11 in the fourth quarter alone. He shot a perfect three-for-three from long range in the fourth, including a trey off a fastbreak from Paul Pierce to give the Celtics an eight-point lead with 1:30 to go.
Rays doing what he does for us, making big clutch shots in opportune times, said Pierce. Hes been doing that ever since hes been here, and we try to get him the ball as much as possible in those situations. More times than not, he comes through for us.
Head coach Doc Rivers praised Allen as a marathon man, and Allen threw the compliments back to his teammates. He credited them for getting him open with the extra pass, something he says is being emphasized to all the players this season.
I just thought, truly though, my guys got me open tonight, he said. If you look at any of the shots down the stretch, Kevin (Garnett) made a tough pass, (Rajon) Rondo made a tough pass, Paul (Pierce) made a tough pass. Every time we made a tough extra pass, and it's tough for any team to guard that second or third pass when you make it.
When listing off his symptoms after the game, Allen pondered, I'm congested but my nose is running. How does that work?
While Allen tries to figure out how to stop whats pestering him, the Wizards will try to do the same the next time they face him this season.