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Ray Allen breaks NBA 3-point record

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  February 10, 2011 08:45 PM

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Celtics guard Ray Allen set the NBA record for career 3-pointers when he drilled a shot with 1:48 left in the first period of Thursday's Celtics-Lakers game. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

With a 3-pointer at the 1:48 mark of the first quarter of tonight's game against the Lakers, Ray Allen broke Reggie Miller's all-time NBA record for career threes with 2,561. Allen broke the record in 309 fewer games played than Miller. Allen has a career 3-point percentage of .398 to Miller's .395.

After the three, Allen ran over to Miller, who is broadcasting the game for TNT. The two hugged. Allen also got an embrace from Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. At the end of the quarter, the Celtics announced Allen as the NBA's new 3-point king on the PA. To a standing ovation, Allen ran over and hugged Miller again before hugging his mother. He then ran over to his wife and children and embraced them. Just a great moment.

In addition to breaking the NBA's all-time mark for threes made, Allen is currently third on the Celtics' franchise list for 3-point percentage behind Eddie House and Dana Barros. For those of you who are curious, Larry Bird is seventh on that list.

Allen's rise to NBA shooting royalty should not come as a surprise to those who have followed the arc of his career. Allen was a star at the University of Connecticut, earning first-team All-America honors in his junior season by averaging 23.4 points per game. Allen left UConn after his junior year after scoring 1,922 points in three seasons, finishing his college career as the No. 3 scorer in school history at that time.

Allen was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1996 NBA Draft and was promptly traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. He played with the Bucks until 2002, then played for the Seattle Sonics from 2002 until 2007.

Since coming to Boston Allen has made 641 3-pointers ... and counting. If Allen plays for several more seasons he can put some distance between himself and Miller. Jason Kidd is the next closest active player on the list at more than 800 3-pointers behind Allen, while Peja Stojakovic, Rashard Lewis, and Jason Terry trail just behind that.

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