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Allen likely to break team free-throw record

Posted by Marc J. Spears, Globe Staff  April 15, 2009 03:22 PM

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If all goes as expected, Celtics guard Ray Allen will finish the regular season with a franchise-record for free-throw shooting and the fourth-highest mark in NBA history.

Allen has shot a career-best .952 after making 237 of 249 free throws. He isn't expected to play in the season finale tonight against Washington.

Previously, only Houston's Calvin Murphy (.958, 1980-81 season) and Denver's Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (.956, 1993-94) have had higher free-throw percentages. Toronto guard Jose Calderon, however, enters tonight's game against Chicago having shot an NBA-record 98 percent after making 149 of 152.

Bill Sharman previously owned the Celtics free throw percentage record, shooting .932 (342 of 367) during the 1958-59 season.

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